Global fast-food giant KFC has announced plans to create more than 5,400 new jobs across the UK and Ireland by the end of 2020. The chain has 965 restaurants across the region.
Some of the new jobs will be funded by the government’s new ‘Kickstart Scheme’, which is designed to help young people get jobs and decrease the number of unemployed – 16-24 year olds have been disproportionately hit by job losses in the pandemic.
Paula MacKenzie, General Manager at KFC UK & Ireland said: “There’s no denying it’s been a tough year for the hospitality sector, and we’re already seeing the substantial impact of that across our high streets and city centres.
“The vast majority of our restaurants are run by franchisees, which are often smaller family owned businesses that have faced the unique set of challenges of this year, including the complete closure of restaurants in March – we’re proud to have been able to work together to reopen responsibly and in turn ensure the stability of our restaurants and provide new job openings into the industry at this time.”