Part-time employees at Chipotle Mexican Grill will soon have new benefits, as the restaurant chain looks to increase worker recruitment. Chipotle announced it would offer paid vacation time, paid sick leave and tuition reimbursement to all hourly workers starting 1 July.
"We are always working to attract and retain the very best employees we can, and to helping develop out people so they can achieve their full potential," Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told CNBC.com. "As part of that effort, we are changing our benefits package."
According to ABC News, the company has around 53,090 employees, which includes about 48,500 hourly employees.
It shows how much we want to invest in people - Chipotle
During the company's annual Summer Brand Camp marketing and human resources conference last week, Chipotle recruitment strategy manager JD Cummings said, "It's an incredible statement by our leadership about how much we want to invest in the best people we have and to keep them with us."
CNBC noted that the benefit package changes has not been announced through press release and there has been no notice about raising hourly wages for the company's employees. Chipotle co-chief executive Monty Moran confirmed to Wall Street analysts in January 2014 that the average hourly wage was $9 (£5.85) and that moving towards $10 would have an effect "but not too significant".
Chipotle's new benefits come as several companies attempt to attract and retain employees. In April, Starbucks announced it was expanding its employee college tuition assistance programme to cover the cost of achieving an online bachelor's degree. Meanwhile, several companies, such as Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Gap and TJX have increased hourly wages.