McDonald’s set to boost UK workforce by 8,000

Fast food chain McDonald's has announced a jobs boost which will especially help young people and first-jobbers.

It's planning to create 8,000 new UK jobs during the coming three years, boosting its total workforce here to over 100,000.

Some 70 per cent of the forthcoming positions are expected to be given to workers under 25 and people working for the first time.

McDonald’s, its franchisees and suppliers have supported 1.5 million jobs being created since 1974, when the brand's first UK eatery opened.

This is one of the findings in 'Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40', a recent report.

The publication also shows that McDonald’s, franchisees and suppliers have spent more than £26 billion with businesses based in the UK since 1974, and delivered more than £40 billion to the economy in Britain (based on 2013 prices).

McDonald's is among the UK's biggest employers in the private sector, with the new positions coming from continued investment and growth here by McDonald's and franchisees.

The brand's UK eateries saw £95 million of investment last year, for refurbishments, new opening and opening hours extensions.

George Osborne has commented on the announcement of new jobs.

The chancellor said that creating jobs is central to the government's long term plan for the economy.

"That means creating the right conditions for successful companies to invest and expand their workforce. Over two million private sector jobs have been created since early 2010 and more people are in work that ever before," he said.

"It is fantastic news that McDonald’s is creating 8,000 new jobs here in the UK, especially with the majority going to first-time workers and under 25s. Every new person in work means a brighter future and more economic security for them and their family," he added.