Apple is increasing the pay of its retail employees working in the U.S. to cope with the labor market and inflation, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It had also received some complaints from the staff about the working conditions during COVID-19.
The Cupertino-based giant announced that the pay will be raised during internal store meetings and individual meetings with employees. This raise will only be provided to the employees working for Apple before the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
As Bloomberg mentioned, the raise starts from 2% and goes up to 10% depending upon store location and role, are going to salespeople, Genius Bar technical support staff, and some senior hourly workers.
For the first time, Apple plans to give paid vacation for its part-time employees in April. It also increased the number of sick leaves, new child, and elder-care benefits. Retail workers are getting significant raises in their hourly pay.
Last year, Apple provided a one-time bonus of $1000 to the workers hired before March 31, 2021, and $500 to those employed the next month onwards. Apple also gave up to $180,000 as a bonus to its corporate employees to lure them to stay in the company and not leave for Meta (previously Facebook) as the rivalry between the two Silicon Valley giants intensifies.