Many companies offer higher compensation due to competition

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Rising $ 8.65, the minimum wage in Florida is now $ 10 an hour, which is expected to rise by one dollar each year until it reaches $ 15 the time on September 30, 2026.

For business owner Julia Brensel, the change comes as she just opened her new Kavagator Coffee Shop in downtown Gainesville, next to Bo Diddley Plaza. She said she was excited to hear about the increase as she already pays her baristas $ 15 an hour plus tips.

“I believe that the people who work for you need to be happy and that they are fairly paid and that will keep them more motivated, loyal and happy in the workplace and ultimately everyone wins,” said Brensel.

After quitting her minimum wage job, barista Leighton Burton said she felt a weight had been lifted from her shoulders and was now paid $ 15 an hour.

“More than anything, I think I’m just extremely grateful that I don’t have to worry about having enough money anymore if something happened to me or could my family pay for it because the answer is yes, ”said Burton.

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Setting a higher rate of pay is an upward trend, according to Staci Bertrand, vice president of economic development at Gainesville Chambers, which is in north-central Florida, as companies compete against each other. to hire employees during the pandemic.

“The organic nature of the minimum wage increase is forcing people to go back to work and getting them back to work,” Bertrand said. “We’re also seeing younger employees entering the economy and so that’s how we see this major effect. “

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