McDonald’s to hire 20,000 staff and open 50 outlets

McDonald’s to hire 20,000 staff and open 50 outlets

Burger giant McDonald’s says it “is looking to fill 20,000 roles” across the UK and Ireland this year as part of plans to open 50 new outlets.

However, boss Paul Pomroy has warned it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit, echoing problems in the wider restaurant and hospitality sector.

He told media “is getter harder and harder to recruit”.

Also on Sunday, restaurant chain Itsu announced a five-year expansion, with 100 new outlets creating 2,000 UK jobs.

McDonald’s already has 1,400 restaurants across the UK and Ireland employing 130,000 staff – which it calls “crew members”.

The firm insisted the new roles were not to replace jobs lost throughout the pandemic, but to prepare for the re-opening of the economy after lockdown.

It said the new posts were driven by both the new restaurant openings “and the fact crew capacity will increase alongside government restrictions relaxing”.

A spokesperson said: “The business voluntarily closed ahead of the first government lockdown, and then reopened the majority of sites carefully.’

Mr Pomroy, McDonald’s chief executive for UK and Ireland, added in a statement: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer an additional 20,000 people an opportunity to work with us.

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