KFC has announced plans to create a further 5400 job roles across the UK and Ireland.
KFC is said to be utilising the government’s £2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’ to subsidise its hiring, under the employment scheme which launched in September, employers receive funding to pay UK youth the national living wage.
The outlet reported all the jobs created by KFC will be permanent either on a full-time or part-time basis, and offer a minimum of 25 hours per week.
It follows news that Domino’s Pizza will make 5,000 new hires after the takeaway chain saw sales increase 5.5% during the first quarter of 2020.
Paula MacKenzie, general manager at KFC UK, told Sky News: “There’s no denying it’s been a tough year for the hospitality sector, and we’re already seeing the substantial impact of that across our high streets and city centres.
“The vast majority of our restaurants are run by franchisees, which are often smaller family owned businesses that have faced the unique set of challenges of this year, including the complete closure of restaurants in March – we’re proud to have been able to work together to reopen responsibly and in turn ensure the stability of our restaurants and provide new job openings into the industry at this time.”