Ireland KFC will be hiring in full force in the United Kingdom and Ireland
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The American fried chicken giant announced on Friday 23 October that it would create no less than 5,400 jobs in the United Kingdom and Ireland before the end of 2020. Despite the crisis, the group intends to take full advantage of the employment assistance program for young British people.
In reverse of the catering market hit by the health crisis, KFC will hire. And massively! The fried chicken giant has just announced, this Friday, October 23, that it will create 5,400 jobs by the end of 2020 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The fast-food chain explains in a press release that it wants to take advantage of the hiring assistance program for young people aged 16 to 24 set up by the British government during the pandemic. KFC will recruit from its 965 restaurants in the UK and Ireland and is expected to have hired a total of 10,000 people this year.
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"It is obvious that this is a difficult year for the catering industry and we are already seeing the strong impact in shopping streets and city centers", underlines Paula MacKenzie, KFC Managing Director for the UK and Ireland. She explains that the new restrictions, and even re-controls as in Ireland and Wales, make the outlook for the sector even more uncertain.
But fast-food chains manage to pull out of the game like the Domino's Pizza chain which had announced in September 5,000 hires in addition to 6,000 carried out since the start of the pandemic. However, most retailers are hit hard by the restrictive measures which require pubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. in England.
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Several pub chains have announced numerous job cuts and restaurant chains like Pizza Express or sandwich shops like Pret A Manger, have not had to other choices than downsizing. Due to restrictions and less generous employment support, pubs and restaurants in the UK are expected to lose more than half a million jobs by the end of the year, according to UKHospitality, the association of professionals in the sector.
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