Fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp. announced a one-day spring hiring spree aimed at fighting the use of the term “McJob” as shorthand for describing low-wage, dead-end work.
The global restaurant chain said it plans to hire as many as 50,000 new U.S. employees — ranging from restaurant crew to managers — on April 19. The move would increase the hamburger company’s U.S. workforce by 7.7 percent to 700,000, but such hiring is typical in the leadup to the busy summer months.
“Our total hires are similar to past years, but the goal of hiring 50,000 people in one day across the U.S. is unique,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling told Reuters.
The April hiring event is preparation for the busy summer months. “But these are not just seasonal jobs. It’s a mix of permanent and temporary jobs,” Yingling said.
She added that hourly employees often make more than $8 per hour.
There are some 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. Ninety percent of its U.S. restaurants are run by franchisees, and pay varies by ownership.
Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s said in a statement that its April hiring event is an opportunity to highlight that “a McJob is one with career growth and endless possibilities.”
Yingling said many of McDonald’s top executives and franchisees worked their way up the company.