EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Burger King UK

Burger King UK

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.10 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Number Employed: 16500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 800
Planned Job Reductions max: 1600
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Burger King UK, the British subsidiary of the US-based global fast food hamburger chain, has announced that it is likely to permanently close 5-10% of its restaurants in the UK, leading to 800-1,600 redundancies.

The chief executive officer said although the chain had reopened the majority of its restaurants in the UK, the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made it likely that some outlets will 'not be able to survive'.

Burger King UK has 530 restaurants across the country and it employs more than 16,000 people.