300 chase jobs with fast food restaurant

300 chase jobs with fast food restaurant

300 chase jobs with fast food restaurant

First published in News

ALMOST 300 people have applied for jobs at McDonald’s restaurants in Bolton over the last few weeks.

The burger chain recently announced it was creating 40 jobs at four Bolton restaurants, which are enjoying strong trade boosted by sales of coffee and wraps.

Now the franchisee behind the four restaurants has revealed that a further 10 or 20 jobs could be created in addition to the 40 already announced.

Unemployment is creating high demand for jobs and 1,700 people recently applied for just eight positions at a Costa Coffee shop in Nottingham.

In Bolton, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance rose by 305 last month to 8,614 — although experts said the rise was expected after temporary Christmas jobs ended.

McDonald’s is recruiting 2,500 extra staff across the UK and the 40 new Bolton jobs will be part-time and full-time roles at the Deansgate, Astley Bridge, Delph Hill and Middlebrook outlets.

Franchisee Dave Shaw, who manages all four sites, said: “We’ve had 294 applicants since January and the recent article in The Bolton News helped raise the profile of these vacancies.

“However, this high number of applications has been typical for the last two years.

“We wouldn’t have seen this 10 years ago, that’s for sure.

“It would have been 30 or 50 applicants. Times have certainly changed.

“It’s obviously difficult for people to get work, but McDonald’s is one of the few firms which really gives young people a chance.

“It is good at training and investing in young workers, whether they are on their way to university or want a management career.”

Commenting on the Costa applications in Nottingham, Mr Shaw said he would not have been surprised to have received 500 or 600 applications.

He said McDonalds was making better efforts to tell people about its careers and more parents were aware of the options too.

He added: “We recently said we hoped to create 40 jobs this year but that was a conservative estimate.

“It could be 50 or 60. We’ve taken on 11 new recruits so far and are still going through the other applicants.

“The process includes an online assessment and then further activities.

“We plan to hire new intakes of staff roughly every six weeks.”

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10:08am Tue 26 Feb 13

oftbewildered2 says...

just a thought - this sort of job is usually done by Students in order to see them through Uni - not knocking this in the slightest - but obviously, if this is what is happening, are these jobs going to actual residents of the town? It would be nice to think that the jobs were offered to local residents in these times of need
just a thought - this sort of job is usually done by Students in order to see them through Uni - not knocking this in the slightest - but obviously, if this is what is happening, are these jobs going to actual residents of the town? It would be nice to think that the jobs were offered to local residents in these times of need oftbewildered2
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10:54am Tue 26 Feb 13

saj70n says...

Under starters orders!
And their off!!!!!!!!!!!
Under starters orders! And their off!!!!!!!!!!! saj70n
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3:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

tommy says...

Cool story Bro.
Cool story Bro. tommy
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5:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

coolcat says...

The irony of this story following the one about hospital admissions for obesity can be lost on no-one. Presumably chasing jobs is exercise and keeps the weight off. Why is McDonalds not sued under Trades' Descriptions for describing itself as a "Restaurant"?
The irony of this story following the one about hospital admissions for obesity can be lost on no-one. Presumably chasing jobs is exercise and keeps the weight off. Why is McDonalds not sued under Trades' Descriptions for describing itself as a "Restaurant"? coolcat
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6:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Old McDonald used to farm,now he's too fat.As oftbewilderd2 mentioned,these jobs are usually done by younger people but if you travel in the USA you will notice older people, some retired, working in fast food joints. A lot of the (real) jobs have gone.I find it alarming that people have to rely on poor paying jobs to exist.One more point, places like McDonalds & Wallmart are making billions per year and they contiue to pay substandard wages to staff who help make their billions.It's sad to see people scambling for this kind of work.
Old McDonald used to farm,now he's too fat.As oftbewilderd2 mentioned,these jobs are usually done by younger people but if you travel in the USA you will notice older people, some retired, working in fast food joints. A lot of the (real) jobs have gone.I find it alarming that people have to rely on poor paying jobs to exist.One more point, places like McDonalds & Wallmart are making billions per year and they contiue to pay substandard wages to staff who help make their billions.It's sad to see people scambling for this kind of work. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

10:41pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Bazzerd says...

Maybe..Just Maybe.....put all 300 in a 5 mile race...followed by a general knowledge quiz...and also a 'happiness appearance and non sulkiness interview'..and 'how to speak politely and pleasantly to customers training scheme'....thenIF the food is actually edible, I may EVER again venture into McD's or any other type of place like that ever again...Doubt it!
Maybe..Just Maybe.....put all 300 in a 5 mile race...followed by a general knowledge quiz...and also a 'happiness appearance and non sulkiness interview'..and 'how to speak politely and pleasantly to customers training scheme'....thenIF the food is actually edible, I may EVER again venture into McD's or any other type of place like that ever again...Doubt it! Bazzerd
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