Apple boosts retail worker pay to cope with tighter labor market

Apple boosts retail worker pay to cope with tighter labor market

Bloomberg: Apple Inc. is bumping the pay of many US retail employees in the face of a tightening labor market, inflation woes and complaints from some staffers about working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The iPhone maker announced the pay increases this week during store briefings and individual meetings with employees, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The increases are catered at least in part to employees who have worked at the company prior to the pandemic’s start in 2020 and are designed to better align veteran staff with more recent hires.

The raises, which have ranged from 2% to 10% depending on store location and role, are going to salespeople, Genius Bar technical support staff and some senior hourly workers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The increases don’t apply to all employees, and not all stores have been notified of the changes yet.