Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor said it boosted its hourly wages, increasing rates from $7.25 per hour to up to $9.00 per hour. The increases varied by department and a worker’s position. The new minimum base rate for most departments is $8 per hour, about a 10 percent increase. Food services, ride operations, lifeguards and park services now have a minimum pay rate of $9 per hour.
Read more from The Star-Telegram.
They can spin it as commitment to workers or whatever, but I think it's safe to assume that they just aren't attracting enough good people to fill the positions.
That's why my employer, Walmart, did it. They won't tell you that, but I'll tell you. That's probably why any company raises wages.
Is there any other reason other than market demand? I can assure you for this particular park it's 5% rewarding existing employees and 95% retention and recruiting. The market for part-time employees in the DFW area is brutally tight right now. My company hires the same type of employees as Six Flags is aiming for and I don't remember any time in my 18 years there where it's been this hard to find and keep part-time help. And we start at $9 an hour.
Industry wide right now, hiring is the biggest challenge facing operators. Unemployment is at an 8 year low.
Price increases to offset labor costs will be more drastic and more frequent. Somebody better warn Timber-Rider.
Thanks, Obama! :)
As an employee, not an employer, I agree.
And yet my employer is trying to lower wages in a department that is in crisis because retention of employees is so low. Granted, he's more concerned with being spooked by a transsexual in a bathroom right now too...
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