EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): Ireland, the UK


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

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-06-2021
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 20-06-2021
Foreseen End Date: 20-06-2022
Planned Job Creation: 20000

Additional Information

The US-based fast food chain McDonald’s announced that it will create 20,000 new jobs across the UK and Ireland over the next 12 months. Under the business expansion, the chain is to open 50 new restaurants in both countries.

McDonald’s points out that these jobs will not be replacing those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic but will, instead, be supporting its growth. The chief executive of McDonald's UK and Ireland reveals that McDonald’s is facing recruitment difficulties, in line with the broader sector.

McDonald’s employs more than 130,000 employees in the UK and Ireland.