24/01/2012

McDonald's To Create 50 New Jobs

McDonald's in Northern Ireland has today announced that it is creating over 50 new jobs as part of a commitment to deliver at least 2,500 jobs across the UK this year.

This will take McDonald’s UK workforce to 90,000.

With new unemployment figures reaching 6.8% in Northern Ireland, an estimated 30% of the new jobs will be for first-time workers, helping young people gain a valuable first foothold in the world of work. More than half of the 2,500 jobs are expected to go to those under the age of 25.

Commenting on the announcement, Joanne Jones, Director of Franchising in Northern Ireland, for McDonald's which has 26 restaurants locally and currently employs over 1,900 people, said: "The job market for young people just starting out in their careers is particularly tough, so it’s important for us to be able to offer them the chance of a job.

"As a business our emphasis on high quality, good value food has meant that we are able to continue to invest in the business and our people. We have a fantastic education programme in place that we have worked hard to build in the last five years, meaning that all of our people have the chance to learn whilst they earn. Gaining nationally recognised qualifications such as an Apprenticeship whilst getting experience in the world of work means that we can give young people a good grounding whether they stay and progress through the company or move on elsewhere."

(CD/GK)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 April 2019
Other News In Brief
East Belfast Play Park To Remain Closed After Fire A popular play park in east Belfast will be closed for some time after a fire on Monday afternoon, 15 April. Local charity Charter NI condemned those responsible for the blaze which took place at Avoniel Play Park on the first day of the school Easter holidays.
16 April 2019
Latest ATM Theft Condemned
A retail chief has spoken out to condemn the latest ATM theft in Northern Ireland which saw thieves rip a machine from a wall in Bushmills, County Antrim. The incident in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 16 April, marks the tenth cash machine to be stolen in the ninth incident in the region this year.
16 April 2019
Questions Raised Over Plans For Breast Assessment & Stroke Services
Plans to reconfigure breast and stroke assessment services in Northern Ireland have been criticised, with calls for an extended and more transparent consultation process to allow for clear scrutiny of the changes.
16 April 2019
UUP's Jim Nicholson To Stand Down From European Parliament
The Ulster Unionist Party's Jim Nicholson has announced that he will not be putting his name forward as the party's candidate in the upcoming European elections. It comes after a development in the Brexit negotiations confirmed the UK would participate in the elections on 23 May.
16 April 2019
Fire Service Lowers 'People At Risk' Age To 50 And Older
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has lowered the age group of those deemed most at risk from accidental house fires to people aged 50 and older. It follows the death of 19 people in the last three years, 17 of which were aged over 50. Nine of the victims were aged 50-59 and a further eight were 60 and above.