McDonald’s will recruit 20,000 workers and open 50 new restaurants in the UK and Ireland.
The fast food chain plans to hire additional staff and create new franchises over the next 12 months.
The company said the additions were not replacing jobs lost throughout the pandemic, but were motivated by a campaign to expand and in anticipation of increased team capacity as government guidelines changed. on coronaviruses.
Paul Pomroy, Managing Director of McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to give 20,000 more people the opportunity to work with us.
“There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the employment opportunities of many people and has threatened the future of the shopping streets up and down the country.
“Our 1,400 restaurants are managed by 200 local franchisees, which means we have a personal stake in each of our communities.
“This is a great responsibility, and the actions we announced today reflect our commitment to continue to innovate and invest in the communities and local economies that we serve.
McDonald’s employs over 130,000 crew members in the UK and Ireland.
Pomroy told the Sunday Telegraph that it “was getting harder and harder to recruit.” He said: “Attracting talent will be essential. Pomroy also ignored fears of a long-term collapse in city center footfall after the pandemic, saying: “Britain’s Great Main Street is going to continue into the future. “
As part of the company’s salary structure, anyone under 21 is paid more than the national minimum wage, and anyone over 21 is paid more than the national living wage (currently £ 8.91 Of time).
In the United States, McDonald’s announced in May that it would increase hourly wages at its company-owned restaurants by an average of 10%, amid labor shortages in the restaurant industry and campaigns to raise wages.