EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Geographic Location

Country: European Union
Location of affected unit(s): UK, Ireland


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.1 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Number Employed: 24000
Group: Yum! Brands

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-04-2014
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-05-2014
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2014
Planned Job Creation: 1300

Additional Information

The global fried chicken chain KFC announced on April 28th its plans to create 1,300 new jobs in the UK and Ireland in 2014, as part of its expansion plans to open 32 new branches across the two countries this year alone. This will be the result of a £21 million investment and will increase the chain’s UK and Ireland workforce to 25,300.  

It is foreseen that the current rate of expansion will continue over the next five years, resulting in the creation of up to 6,500 new jobs by 2019 and in the opening of 150 new outlets.

It is not yet known how the foreseen job creation will be split between the UK and Ireland.

For a previous case of job creation at KFC, see KFCEU-2013.