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)

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