Monday, April 4, 2011

Sign of the times: McDonald's plans to hire 50,000 workers in a single day

McDonalds plans to hire 50,000 workers in a single day in what may be the biggest corporate recruitment drive over a 24-hour period in history.

The fast-food chain intends to take on the workers on April 19 at many of its 14,000 outlets across the US, as it seeks to fill jobs ranging from restaurant managers to those serving burgers.

The company admits that hiring 50,000 people on a single day is a publicity stunt, but one that will also help it fill the vacancies as more people hear about it.

The jobs, says McDonalds, are a mix of of full-time and part-time and are partly to cope with a seasonal increase in demand over the summer as well as a response to an improving economy.

McDonalds has long battled against the depiction that all its jobs are relatively low-skilled ones, popularly known as 'McJobs'.

Some economists have warned that some of the jobs the US recovery is creating don't match the wages of those positions, particularly in a booming construction and housebuilding trade, that were lost to the recession. (read more)