McDonald's serves up 2,500 new jobs in 2013

McDonald's serves up 2,500 new jobs in 2013

Fast-food chain McDonald’s is to create 2,500 jobs this year, following “strong” performance and rising sales amid the weak economy.  By Telegraph Jobs’ editor, Louisa Peacock.
The American burger chain said the positions are targeted at “first-jobbers”; young people with a lack of skills and experience, although the number of roles on offer are around 1,000 fewer than last year.
The recruitment drive comes at a time when youth unemployment is still worryingly high in the UK. Official statistics yesterday showed almost 1m young people aged 16 to 24 are out of work, with experts warning the outlook is “bleak” for under-25s.
McDonald’s announced the job creations alongside its full-year results, which showed an increase in sales across the US, Europe and Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  Net income for the group rose 1pc to $1.4bn (£880m), or $1.38 a share, in the year to December 31.
Jill McDonald, chief executive of McDonald’s UK, said sales and customer numbers increased last year.  “These remain challenging economic conditions for everyone but together with our franchisees, our continued focus on serving quality, affordable food and giving our customers a great experience is enabling us to keep growing our business and creating more jobs.  Whilst today’s job market is hugely competitive, we offer many people their first experience of work and we’re focused on doing what we can to help more young people get their first foot on the career ladder.”
She added the types of roles available at McDonald’s and elsewhere in hospitality, teaching customer service and communication skills, could help curb youth unemployment and prevent a “lost generation”.
On average, McDonald’s receives around 18 job applications per post, up from around 15 before the recession, Ms McDonald said.  There were more applications from families willing to work day and night shifts between them, where, for example, the mother works days and her husband nights.  “We’ve seen an increase in applications from families. There’s still a lot of austerity and 2013 is going to be tough,” she said.
The company has been refurbishing its restaurants across the UK and opened another 16 sites last year. It now has a total of 1,210, with 40pc of them open 24 hours a day.
Last year, Ms McDonald said British families are turning to the fast-food chain for their evening meals as the recession puts people off from visiting upmarket restaurants. Yesterday, the UK chief said she saw no signs of this trend reversing.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

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