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Universal Orlando increases the starting wage to $ 15 an hour

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is increasing its starting hourly wage to $ 15 an hour as of June 27, the resort said Thursday.

What you need to know

  • Universal Orlando will be raising its starting wage next month
  • The new starting price of $ 15 per hour will go into effect on June 27th
  • Employees received an email about the wage increase

The new starting rate of $ 15, which affects full-time and part-time positions per hour, is an increase of $ 2 from the current hourly rate of $ 13.

Universal said it will also increase entry rates for positions at the resort based on job requirements, including entry-level salary positions.

“This is about looking after our current team members as well as those who will join the team,” said John Sprouls, executive vice president of Universal Parks & Resorts, in a statement. “We know that a great guest experience begins with our team members – and we will continue to offer the best possible work experience.”

Universal had previously announced that it would raise the entry fee to $ 15 an hour in time for the opening of its new central Florida theme park, Epic Universe. However, due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, the project has been put on hold for several months. In March, Universal announced that work on Epic Universe had resumed.

In a letter to staff prior to the announcement on Thursday, Universal Orlando President Bill Davis thanked staff for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From the moment we reopened, you have continued to focus on keeping our guests and team members safe,” wrote Davis. “You have moved through unfamiliar and sometimes difficult terrain, both here at work and in your personal life. Meanwhile, you’ve worked together to keep up with important adjustments and deliver exceptional guest experiences despite the circumstances. Many Thanks!”

With the initial wage increase, Universal is touting the first major Orlando theme park to hit the $ 15 an hour milestone. In 2018, Disney World reached an agreement with its labor union to raise the starting wage to $ 15 an hour by fall 2021.

In November 2020, Florida voters passed Amendment 2, which raises the state minimum wage from $ 8.56 an hour to $ 15 an hour over several years.

Universal is hiring more than 2,000 people for positions in a variety of areas across the resort, including attractions, water sports, custody, admission operations, hospitality, fine dining, merchandise and more. Those interested in applying can visit universalorlandojobs.com.

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