McDonald's To Create 2,500 New Jobs In UK
The fast food chain McDonald's has announced that it will create at least 2,500 new jobs across the UK in 2012.
More than half of the posts are expected to go to people under the age of 25, while an estimated 30% will go to first-time workers.
It will take McDonalds' UK workforce to 90,000 and comes after the creation of another 13,500 new jobs over the last three years.
The fast food giant has expanded its business with new restaurants, extended opening hours and the roll-out of new technology. Many outlets have also undergone major refurbishment.
Speaking on Jeff Randall Live, Jill McDonald, chief executive, McDonald's UK said: "There are fantastic opportunities for young people.
"With McDonald's we bring people in, we train them from day one, they can get national accredited qualifications, transferable skills or they can have a fantastic job at McDonald's; half my board started off working in restaurants."
She added: "We know that certainly our crew, the three things that are most important for them, is the ability to create a future for themselves, the ability to have a sense of family and the ability to work flexibly.
"A future is really important to young people."
The announcement came after a recent promotion by McDonald's on the micro-blogging site Twitter backfired.
The company's own Twitter advertising campaign, promoting happy farmer stories behind its food, became a viral for critics of the chain.
Tweeters hijacked the #McDstories hashtag to share their fast-food horror tales, resulting in a stream of tweets under the hashtag #McFail.
There are now over 1,200 McDonald's restaurants across Britain and Ireland, serving an estimated 2.5 million customers every day.
The majority (2,135) of the new jobs announced on Tuesday will be in England. Some 190 will be in Scotland, 125 in Wales and 50 in Northern Ireland.
With unemployment at a 17-year high and particularly prevalent among young people, the announcement was welcomed by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
"I think this is exactly the kind of thing we need to give young people the confidence they need that they can get their feet on the first rung of the jobs ladder," he said at a visit to McDonald's training centre in East Finchley, London.
He praised the chain for its "excellent reputation for developing its staff with training and apprenticeship programmes."