Apple Australia has struck a new pay deal with its employees that will see them earning less than comparable supermarket workers. Maybe working for Apple isn't such a Genius move.
When you think Apple Store, you probably think row upon row of polished wooden benches with the latest bright and shiny gadgets on display. It's a high-cost, high profit enterprise, staffed by high-cost employees, right?
Not so on the latter front, it seems. According to a story in the Australian Financial Review, if you're an actual Apple Store employee you're not likely to be earning much of a premium salary at all.
Mathew Dunckley reports that Apple has struck a deal with its employees which will see its employees earning a base hourly rate of $20.55 from November. The new deal also cuts down double time for Sundays to only time and a half.
To give that some context, the AFR article lists the current working agreement for a Coles employee at $773.70 per week, $23.70 a week more than an Apple employee. Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman is quoted as saying that the agreement was "perfectly realistic and one we should be looking forward to seeing in the future from other retailers".
It would appear that apart from folk such as Gerry Harvey (who we've noted previously gets his staff costings wrong from time to time), this is already in full swing.
The Apple agreement in that context is effectively equitable as long as you presume that there's not much of an actual skills gap between the jobs. Because what it does mean that the Genius fixing your iMac isn't really earning more than the person flipping your cheeseburger or selling you a blouse.