McDonald’s to create up to 8,000 jobs over the next three years
Thu, 19 Jun 2014
Fast-food chain McDonald’s UK has today said it will create 8,000 new jobs across the UK over the next three years, taking its UK workforce to more than 100,000.
As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting and developing young people, around 70% of these new jobs are expected to go to first-time workers and people under the age of 25.
The news comes as McDonald’s releases the findings of a new economic report entitled ‘Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40’, which looks at the positive contribution McDonald’s has made to its people and customers, to communities and to the national economy over the last 40 years.
Jill McDonald (below), North West division president and chief executive (CEO), McDonald’s UK told Recruiter that by taking a “responsible and long-term approach” McDonald’s has been able to “support jobs for local people and create opportunities for UK-based businesses”.
“Our continued growth will enable us to further expand our workforce over the next few years, and in many cases give thousands of young people a valuable opportunity to start building their careers.”
The report estimates that over the past 40 years, McDonald’s has supported the creation of approximately 1.5m jobs in the UK together with its suppliers and franchises.
The main findings from the research revealed:
- 95% of restaurant managers started out working as crew.
- Since 2006, McDonald’s has awarded 55,000 qualifications including almost 20,000 GCSE maths and English equivalents.
- Nearly two-thirds (74%) of McDonald’s part-time workers are in full or part-time education, and 68% rely extensively on their wages from McDonald’s to fund their studies.
- 70% of former employees said that the training and development they received at McDonald’s has helped them get to where they are today.