Fast food giant McDonald's to take on 35 new people in Swindon

Paul Booth, owner of five Swindon McDonald’s

Paul Booth, owner of five Swindon McDonald’s

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FAST-FOOD chain McDonald’s is bucking the recent trend of major firms making large-scale redundancies by advertising for 35 new jobs.

Local franchisee Paul Booth is set to create jobs in Swindon throughout this year, as part of a nationwide commitment by the firm to create 2,500 new positions across the UK by the end of the year.

In 2012, McDonald’s exceeded its pledge to create 2,500 by an additional 1,000, bringing its current total UK workforce to 91,000, with 70 per cent of the new positions given to those under 21 years old.

The company’s growth has been driven by investment in its restaurants and technology, new restaurants and extended opening hours, which include the extra hour each morning recently granted for their North Swindon outlet and the now 24-hour restaurant on Great Western Way by Swindon Council.

New employees in Swindon will also have the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications while working at McDonald’s, improving their skill-set and helping them progress further in their careers at McDonald’s and beyond.

Paul Booth, who owns five restaurants across the town, said: “The jobs will be across the five stores in Swindon but predominantly at Greenbridge, Cockleberry Roundabout and Orbital.

“It’s great to have some positive news about job creation and, while it is McDonald’s, they are all locally owned.

“I’m confident that in the year ahead there will be the same level of enthusiasm and talent from candidates in Swindon, and I’m looking forward to employing even more young people in my restaurants.”

Bruno Ferreira, 19, of Swindon, joined McDonald’s in May last year and works as a crew member.

He said: “When the management team announced the opportunity to enrol on the apprenticeship scheme, I jumped at the chance to be part of it as I’m keen to continue my learning and add to my CV.”

Employees have the opportunity to gain a range of qualifications from adult certificates in maths and English to apprenticeships and a Foundation Degree offered to restaurant managers.

To find out more and about the training opportunities McDonald’s offers and download a prospectus visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/people or visit your local careers centre.

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9:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

faatmaan says...

more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.
more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle. faatmaan
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11:27pm Wed 23 Jan 13

greenpacer says...

I agree more low paid mundain jobs. I would'nt call them restaurants neither. They are just snack bars !
I agree more low paid mundain jobs. I would'nt call them restaurants neither. They are just snack bars ! greenpacer
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1:28am Thu 24 Jan 13

Phantom Poster says...

faatmaan wrote:
more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.
"Nothing is being produced"? They produce food which people eat. It`s just as much a product as a Honda car.

You do realise don`t you that McDonalds is a franchise, so the `company` you are so critical of is actually someone local who is trying to make the best of themselves.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.[/p][/quote]"Nothing is being produced"? They produce food which people eat. It`s just as much a product as a Honda car. You do realise don`t you that McDonalds is a franchise, so the `company` you are so critical of is actually someone local who is trying to make the best of themselves. Phantom Poster
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7:24am Thu 24 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

I agree with Phantom it is a local franchisee and Paul must now employ hundreds in the local area.

Of course working at McD's may be beneath some's dignity but at least these people are trying to feed their families by working for a living not sponging off the State. Remember that when your benefits are taken away for refusing such jobs.
I agree with Phantom it is a local franchisee and Paul must now employ hundreds in the local area. Of course working at McD's may be beneath some's dignity but at least these people are trying to feed their families by working for a living not sponging off the State. Remember that when your benefits are taken away for refusing such jobs. RichardR1
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8:29am Thu 24 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Not a big fan of McDonalds myself, but in these times anything that is taking a few more employees on has got to be a good thing.


@Phantom Poster

What is meant by they don't produce anything, is that they are a service company. They are middle mean between the producers (farmers, growers, bakers etc) and the consumer. That's not the same as manufacturing a car which has a significantly longer shelf life.
Not a big fan of McDonalds myself, but in these times anything that is taking a few more employees on has got to be a good thing. @Phantom Poster What is meant by they don't produce anything, is that they are a service company. They are middle mean between the producers (farmers, growers, bakers etc) and the consumer. That's not the same as manufacturing a car which has a significantly longer shelf life. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:14am Thu 24 Jan 13

Tim Newroman says...

People cry out for jobs for the young and unskilled, and then when jobs come along that pay above minimum wage, allow flexible working hours and provide avenues to additional learning and qualifications, people moan and whinge about it.

Sure, very few people want to spend their working lives flipping burgers, but it's something to get on the CV (McDonalds is, in reality, a well respected employer), something to give a structure to life for a while and something that'll give those on benefits a much higher standard of living.

It's a universal truism that it's easier to get a job when you're already in employment - so working at McDonalds for a few months isn't such a bad idea after all.

In the States, it's estimated that 1 in every 8 people will have worked for McDonalds at some point in their lives. It's a stepping-stone, a spring board and something that gives younger people, especially, a grounding in how employment and having a job actually works.
People cry out for jobs for the young and unskilled, and then when jobs come along that pay above minimum wage, allow flexible working hours and provide avenues to additional learning and qualifications, people moan and whinge about it. [p] Sure, very few people want to spend their working lives flipping burgers, but it's something to get on the CV (McDonalds is, in reality, a well respected employer), something to give a structure to life for a while and something that'll give those on benefits a much higher standard of living. [p] It's a universal truism that it's easier to get a job when you're already in employment - so working at McDonalds for a few months isn't such a bad idea after all. [p] In the States, it's estimated that 1 in every 8 people will have worked for McDonalds at some point in their lives. It's a stepping-stone, a spring board and something that gives younger people, especially, a grounding in how employment and having a job actually works. Tim Newroman
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9:58am Thu 24 Jan 13

Even Angrier Monkey says...

faatmaan wrote:
more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.
How are these jobs "replacing" skilled jobs?
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Any decline in skilled work in the town and and increase in jobs at mcDonalds have nothing at all to do with each other.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.[/p][/quote]How are these jobs "replacing" skilled jobs? . Any decline in skilled work in the town and and increase in jobs at mcDonalds have nothing at all to do with each other. Even Angrier Monkey
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10:03am Thu 24 Jan 13

twasadawf says...

Muckdonald's good news about the job's just a shame it's this product
Muckdonald's good news about the job's just a shame it's this product twasadawf
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10:20am Thu 24 Jan 13

benzss says...

faatmaan wrote:
more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.
Did you prefer it when people worked in menial industrial jobs producing rubbish cars nobody wanted to buy?

I suppose this kind of economic thinking comes straight out of the trade union textbook.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: more bottom end employment to replace skilled positions wherever the people have recently sadly lost employment, if it continues at this rate, those left working in skilled jobs will probably have 10 people employed in hospitality jobs to serve their needs, a service lead economy can only eventually contract as nothing is being produced to earn fresh income to perpetuate the economic cycle.[/p][/quote]Did you prefer it when people worked in menial industrial jobs producing rubbish cars nobody wanted to buy? I suppose this kind of economic thinking comes straight out of the trade union textbook. benzss
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10:15am Fri 25 Jan 13

rmc001 says...

If McDonalds is growing, perhaps it's time to consider turning the West Swindon restaurant into a full McDonalds, with a full menu instead of a half one!
If McDonalds is growing, perhaps it's time to consider turning the West Swindon restaurant into a full McDonalds, with a full menu instead of a half one! rmc001
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