Virtua is latest health system in South Jersey to hike minimum wage

Add Virtua to the list of South Jersey health systems increasing their respective minimum wages.

The Marlton-based system said in a news release Wednesday that it will increase its minimum hourly wage for all employees to $15.15 an hour, effective Jan. 1.

The increase means a raise for nearly 1,000 employees — full-time, part-time and per-diem — the system said. Virtua employs more than 9,000 people overall.

“Virtua is consistently listed among the best places to work in the region, due in large part to a commitment to recruiting and retaining talent,” CEO and President Dennis Pullin said in a prepared statement. “Leadership routinely evaluates all aspects of what makes us a respected and sought-after employer, and have been contemplating this move for some time. We want to send a clear signal to our employees that we care about them.”

In recent weeks, Cooper University Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health, Inspira Health Network and Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health are among those who have announced increases in their minimum wage to the $15-an-hour range.

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