Teens can make $200 an hour at the Jet ‘s Pizza restaurant, and the chain’s owners have long been looking to hire more employees.
But a new study suggests they are in for a fight.
The study by a New York Times journalist, Michael T. Miller, finds that as a result of the rise of fast-casual chains like Chipotle and Olive Garden, there is a dramatic increase in fast-food jobs, as well as the loss of jobs at the bottom of the pay scale.
It says, in part, that employers like Chipotles are being forced to compete with lower-paid, part-time employees.
But if a Chipotle employee can get by on $20 an hour, a Burger King worker can make about $100 an hour.
This is the new normal, Miller said.
He and other analysts say the real issue is a growing trend toward fast-growing, high-margin restaurants that are more competitive than ever.
“They’re just not being able to keep up with the fast-fashion and high-end restaurants,” Miller said of the high-cost chains.
In a recent article for the New York Post, Miller, who is writing a book on the subject, said the number of fast food jobs in the U.S. was growing rapidly, with fast-paced fast food and high volume restaurants.
Miller, who worked in the restaurant industry for 30 years, said there were about 10,000 fast-Food and fast-Casual restaurants in the country in 2013.
Today, there are more than 300,000, he said.
That is a growth rate of nearly 100 percent, and it’s growing faster than other industries.
There are a few things we can do about it, Miller wrote.
For example, we should make it easier for workers to get paid overtime, and make it more difficult for employers to pay workers less for less work.
We should make sure that workers can make a decent wage for their work.
And we should help the employees that are really struggling.
Miller is a senior writer for the Times Magazine and co-author of “The New American Economy: How We Can Create the Jobs of Our Future.”
He will be speaking on the topic at the annual convention of the American Council on Education and the Labor Science, which runs this week.