RESTAURANT giant McDonald's is to create at least 2,500 new jobs this year, taking its UK workforce to 93,500, the firm has announced.
The move follows 3,500 new jobs that McDonald's created last year, of which 70% were taken by young people under the age of 21.
McDonald's has added more than 20,000 people to its workforce during the last five years.
The company said its growth has been driven by investment in its restaurants and technology and extended opening hours and menu choice.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business. That's why I am pleased to see how McDonald's is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.
"McDonald's is also to be applauded for helping adult employees get qualifications in maths and English. Poor literacy and numeracy skills can hold people back in the workplace, which is why the Government has doubled the funding for these core subjects."
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