The iPhone maker said Wednesday that Apple has raised hourly wages for its employees in the United States, as companies face a tight labor market, an increase in union efforts and rising inflation.
Apple said in a statement to Reuters that the initial hourly wage for US workers will rise to $22 (about 1,700 rupees), or higher depending on the market, a 45 percent jump from 2018 levels.
“This year as part of our annual performance review process, we are increasing our overall compensation budget,” a company spokesperson said.
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the compensation changes, said Apple had told some workers that their annual reviews would be advanced by three months, and the new salary would take effect in early July.
The Cupertino, California-based Apple is known for its conservative culture, but in the past year some current and former workers have begun to criticize the company’s online working conditions.
In April, workers at an Apple Store in Atlanta petitioned for a union election, seeking to become the company’s first US store to join a union amid a flurry of labor activity at other major companies.
Also in early May, the Washington Post reported, a group of employees at an Apple Store in Maryland began a campaign to form a union.
Regulators at a Towson Mall store near Baltimore said they have signatures from more than 65 percent of employees who are likely to qualify, according to the report.
The Washington Post said the union plans to submit working papers to the National Labor Relations Board in the coming days.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.