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JD Wetherspoon To Create 10,000 New Bar & Hotel Jobs

10 Dec 2019

JD Wetherspoon To Create 10,000 New Bar & Hotel Jobs

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced expansion plans which will see the firm create around 10,000 new bar and hotel jobs across the UK and Ireland.

Wetherspoon is to spend £200 million over the next four years opening new pubs and hotels in a move which will create thousands of new vacancies. They will also be renovating and extending existing properties, with the majority of their investment to come in smaller towns rather than in big cities.

The 10,000 new positions will be a mix of full and part time jobs, with roles to include bar work, kitchen roles, hotel jobs and managerial vacancies.

Towns set to receive new branches of Wetherspoon include Bourne (Lincolnshire), Diss (Norfolk), Ely (Cambridgeshire), Felixstowe (Suffolk) and Newport Pagnell (Buckinghamshire). Scotland, Wales and Ireland are all set to benefit too, with new ventures in Hamilton, Prestatyn and Waterford, respectively.

Although most of the £200 million investment will be spent in small and medium sized towns, Wetherspoon say they will also pump money into new and existing properties in bigger cities like London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The plans will see the company add around 60 pub restaurants and a potential four new hotels to their current portfolio of 875 pubs and 58 hotels.

The recruitment drive will see the pub chain, founded in 1979, power through the 50,000 employee mark before the end of 2023, adding to their existing headcount of around 44,000 members of staff across the business.

Commenting on the expansion plans, Tim Martin, the chairman and founder of JD Wetherspoon, said: “We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years. We are especially pleased that a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years.”

“The fact that we will be creating approximately 10,000 jobs is great news too,” added Mr Martin.

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