Simmons Foods raises starting hourly pay to $10 

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Simmons Foods has raised starting hourly pay at many of its production facilities to $10, up from $9 previously. This raise is for all part-time and full-time positions, company officials said.

The poultry company will also continue to raise wages and adjust the scales upward throughout the company based on recent analysis of job market research.

With unemployment rates falling to 3.1% in the Northwest Arkansas metro area, and 5% statewide, employers are experiencing a tighter than normal workforce and talent pool from which to select potential workers. Economist agree that this is likely to force pay raises among multiple industries going forward.

Top hourly production pay will reach upwards of $17. Other positions, including certain maintenance jobs, could pay as much as $25 per hour, according to Dan Houston, executive vice president of Human Resources at Simmons.

“Our employees make the difference for our business and our customers. As we grow, we want to make sure we’re able to attract and retain top talent,” Houston said. “We look at the whole wage package, and pay is just one part of that. We’re working to offer some of the best benefits you can find in our area in addition to competitive pay.”

Simmons employees have access to free primary and chronic medical care at Simmons Care Clinic located on the corporate campus as well as free generic prescriptions. Houston said other benefits include paid vacations and holidays, eligibility to participate in a 401(k) retirement savings program, short and long-term disability and education assistance.