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McDonald's to create 8,000 jobs
Fast food giant McDonald's is to create 8,000 new jobs across the UK over the next three years, targeting first-time workers and recruits under the age of 25.
The firm said the expansion followed its continued investment and growth in this country, which saw £95 million spent on new restaurants last year.
The company published a report which showed that since the first McDonald's outlet was opened in this country in 1974, the firm has contributed more than £40 billion to the economy.
British businesses benefit from annual supply chain spending of around £2 billion thanks to McDonald's, said the report.
Chief executive Jill McDonald said: "Our continued growth will enable us to further expand our workforce over the next few years, and in many cases give thousands of young people a valuable opportunity to start building their careers."
McDonald's has 1,200 restaurants across the UK and will employ 100,000 staff after the new jobs are created.
Chancellor George Osborne said: "A key part of our long term economic plan is creating jobs. That means creating the right conditions for successful companies to invest and expand their workforce. Over two million private sector jobs have been created since early 2010 and more people are in work than ever before.
"It is fantastic news that McDonald's is creating 8,000 new jobs here in the UK, especially with the majority going to first-time workers and under 25s. Every new person in work means a brighter future and more economic security for them and their family."