Wages for Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality Workers Cause Controversy, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The restaurant sector is one of the world’s largest providers of employment.  In the U.S. alone, restaurants and various other food service and drinking establishments employ about 12 million people, which is roughly 10% of the entire private sector workforce.  Likewise, hotels and similar businesses are also very large employers, at about 1.9 million workers in the U.S. alone.  (Many hotels employ large numbers of food workers.) While the count of jobs provided in hospitality is exceptionally high, the wages tend to be among the lowest of any industry.  This tradition of low wages is due to many factors.  For…

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