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The labor shortage has created a ‘bidding war’ for staff as restaurants that are desperate for workers hike wages, says a burger chain owner

Farm Burger owner George Frangos

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The huge shortage of restaurant workers has led to a “bidding war” for staff that’s driving wages up across the industry, the owner of a burger chain said.

“Your restaurant neighbor next door might offer $1 more, then you go back and offer $1 more over that to just retain your people,” George Frangos, owner and president of Farm Burger, told Insider.

One pizza chain franchisee even told Bloomberg that he’s asking managers to poach workers from rival restaurants because “everything is fair game.”

Average wages for nonsupervisory staff in the restaurant industry hit the $15-an-hour details ⇒

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