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Universal Orlando increases the starting salary to $ 15 an hour

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Universal Orlando Resort is raising initial wages for its employees to attract thousands of employees ahead of the busy summer season.

Starting June 27, the base hourly wage will increase from $ 13 to $ 15 an hour. The move marks the “largest wage increase in Universal Orlando history,” the company announced on Thursday.

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At the same time, more than 18,000 current team members will receive “an increase based on the new rates and their time at the company,” Universal said.

The new rates affect both full-time and part-time hourly positions as well as starting salaries.

“We look forward to our future and want enthusiastic team members to be part of this journey,” said John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Universal Parks & Resorts.

Universal Studios Orlando theme park (iStock)

The raise comes at a time when the park is looking to hire thousands of full and part-time team members for the summer season.

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According to the company, for each new employee, “start rates will automatically increase to the new rate when they take effect”.

According to Sprouls, the company is focused on looking after its current and new team members.

“We know that a great guest experience begins with our team members – and we will continue to provide the best work experience possible,” said Sprouls.

The park seeks to fill roles in all areas of its business operations, including its attractions, water sports, food, dining, merchandise, custody, storage, entrance operations, and call center sales.

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