Marriott to implement minimum wage bump earlier than expected

Walnut Creek, California, United States - October 09, 2018:  Facade with logo at night at Marriott hotel in downtown Walnut Creek, California, October 9, 2018

Marriott International has brought forward the Fair Work Commission’s mandated 4.6 per cent wage increase for workers on award wages and will apply the increase from 1 July.

The increase is set for 1 October for the hospitality industry.

Marriott International employs 3,300 associates across Australia and will apply the 4.6 per cent increase to 2,500 associates from 1 July.

Sean Hunt, area VP ANZ and Pacific for Marriott International, said: “Marriott International operates under a ‘people-first’ culture, our priority has always been and will continue to be our Associates.

“We operate on the ethos of if we take care of our Associates, they in turn will take care of our guests. Never before has it been more important to ensure that we retain and attract new talent to the hospitality industry.

“Marriott invests heavily in people and culture to ensure they are ready to lead and thrive in the renewed environment post the devastating effects of the global pandemic – the hotel and hospitality industry being one of the hardest hit.”

“We are applying the increase for all workers on awards wages from 1 July, meaning that Associates who receive award wages above $869.60 per week will receive a 4.6 per cent increase while those who earn below $869.60 per week will receive a $40 per week increase. The increase will apply to 2,500 of our associates.”

Marriott is currently recruiting for 400 positions across Australia covering a range of categories from food and beverage, guest services, reservations, housekeeping and spa to engineering, administration, marketing and finance and more. All the vacant positions that equate to award wages will be eligible for the 4.6 per cent increase from 1 July.

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