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KFC to create 5,400 jobs in UK, Ireland

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KFC to create 5,400 jobs in UK, Ireland

The signage outside a KFC restaurant is seen in south London on February 19, 2018. - US fast food chain KFC said on February 19 it had been forced to close many restaurants in Britain because of a new supplier failing to deliver chicken in time, generating some tongue-in-cheek outrage on Twitter. (Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP)

KFC plans to utilize the UK government's scheme which offers job opportunities for 16- to 24-year-olds at risk of long-term unemployment

United States fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken said on Friday, October 23, it will create 5,400 jobs in Britain and Ireland on strong takeaway demand, despite a tough year for the virus-hit hospitality sector.

KFC said in a statement that it would create the new positions over the next 3 months, taking this year’s new intake since the COVID-19 lockdown to 10,000 extra staff.

“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 centers,” said Paula MacKenzie, general manager at KFC UK and Ireland.

“With new regional and national lockdowns coming into effect, it’s an uncertain time for many businesses but…we are really excited to be able to welcome over 5,000 new team members ahead of Christmas.”

The group added it would utilize the UK government’s so-called kick-start scheme, which offers job opportunities for 16- to 24-year-olds at risk of long-term unemployment.

KFC currently has 965 mostly franchise outlets in the UK and Ireland. – Rappler.com