Service crew

Jollibee pays US$16 an hour for its service team in the United States and draws comparisons on salaries and cost of living in the Philippines

A picture of a Jollibee poster in San Diego, Calif., seeking to hire service staff for $16 an hour, sparked a discussion about the wage disparity between workers in the Philippines and overseas.

Ralph Tan Posadas, who is based in California, posted his photo of the poster on social media, where it garnered over 8,800 shares at the time of writing.

Originally, his post only included a conversion of the value of this salary in dollars to pesos – a crew member would earn PHP 899.58 per hour or PHP 7,196.64 per day, a salary of PHP 155,932 per month.

For reference, the minimum wage in the National Capital Region is PHP 570 per day, with Metro Manila minimum wage earners taking home a meager PHP 17,100 per month.

But while a salary nearly 10 times that amount certainly sounds appealing, the post sparked a flurry of conversations about the relative value of that salary, with many US-based Filipinos saying the cost of living in America is matchless at return prices. home, even with rising inflation rates.

“It’s just a small amount of money. Remember, people here also spend in dollars,” one commenter recalled.

“It’s about $2,600. Even for the United States, that’s not much — not to mention that it doesn’t include taxes and other employment-related deductions. This post does not mention that the cost of living in America has skyrocketed. Try visiting America so everyone has an idea,” another shared.

Filipinos living in the United States pointed out that the salary would barely be enough to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

“The rent can cost you US$1,500 a month, and that’s the lowest. Don’t convert dollars to pesos if you are unwilling to consider the cost of living,” one user commented.

“You earn $16, but your breakfast would cost $10,” said one.

“Sure, get paid $16 an hour in California, if you’re willing to sleep rough,” another joked.

After the first wave of people pointing out these disparities, Posadas added this to the caption of his original post in response:

Thank you for your comments for those who comment on the cost of living, we do not compare the cost of living here because it is obviously different between the two countries.

We achieve economies of scale. This is how green card Filipino resident aliens, Filipino-Americans, US citizens and even illegal aliens working illegally in the US can send almost $13 billion last year 2021.

Filipinos in the United States are very resourceful, no matter their income, they can always send to their relatives, family, relatives and friends in the Philippines. Their financial sacrifices are usually not taken into account as the beneficiaries in the Philippines benefit from their hard work and sacrifices.

While many commentators have complained that the advertised salary does little to support a comfortable life in the United States, others have pointed to the different positions Jollibee has taken regarding employment here and abroad. ‘foreign.

The fast-food giant has previously come under fire for having much of its staff made up of short-term contract workers who were not entitled to benefits beyond minimum wage. The Philippine government ordered Jollibee to regularize more than 6,000 of its contractors in 2018.

Meanwhile, California’s current minimum wage is set at US$15.

“It means Jollibee can actually afford to pay higher salaries to its staff here,” one pointed out.

“So what’s the difference between a fast food employee here and one overseas?” How come Jollibee can pay their staff less than PHP 30,000 here, when they obviously can pay that much? another questioned.