Fast food chain KFC have announced that they plan to create nearly 5,500 new jobs across the UK and Ireland by the end of this year. This is in addition to the 4,300 new employees that the company has taken on since March.
In an announcement made by the company, they said that some of the jobs will be funded by the UK government’s Kickstarter scheme which is aimed at 16-24 year olds. This is the age group which has seen the most job losses through the pandemic as more and more businesses within the hospitality sector are forced to make redundancies.
The hospitality sector within the UK has been left struggling after more and more restrictions have been placed on them over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many teens and young adults work within hospitality while they are at school and university, so the downturn has impacted them disproportionately. Overall unemployment rose by 4.5% between June and August, but for young workers the figure was 13.4%.
A spokesperson from KFC, when talking about the impact of Covid-19 on young people, said “This year is going to be even more challenging for young people looking for job opportunities” and went on to add “but we know that all the skills the hospitality sector teaches – the importance of hard work, delivering great service and working as part of a team – will hugely help them in the long run.”
The government’s Kickstarter scheme offers to pay employers £1,500 for every 16-24 year old that they employ and train. The aim of the scheme is to help encourage companies to employ young people and reduce the numbers needing to apply for benefits such as Universal Credit.
This latest announcement from KFC will be welcome news to many young people who have been unable to find work since the start of the Pandemic in March.