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It is unlikely that, as a student in the United Kingdom, there isn’t a McDonald’s near to where you are studying at college or university. Okay, the burger chain has had some controversy over the years, but there is no disputing that they are a massive creator of jobs all over the world. Indeed, there are around 1.8 million people who work at their 34,000 locations in over 100 countries worldwide!

McDonald’s has over 1,200 restaurants in the United Kingdom alone - and it provides jobs for over 80,000 people in a variety of roles. Students and young people all over the country can find full or part time jobs and work during the holidays.

You obviously know all about who McDonald’s are and what they sell - but how much else do you know about their business model and history?

The first McDonald’s restaurant was opened over 70 years ago in California by brothers Richard and Maurice (aka Dick and Mac) McDonald. They have since grown to become an international brand which serves burgers and other fast food to over 60 million customer each day.

McDonald’s has been one of the most successful brands to use the franchise business model, with around 4 in every 5 of their restaurants worldwide being run by a franchisee or joint venture. However, in the United Kingdom, McDonald’s has maintained ownership of a much higher percentage of their branded restaurants. This side of the pond, only one in three McDonald’s outlets operates as a franchise.

They opened their first restaurant in England in Woolwich, South London in 1974 and since 2011, have a business plan to launch an average of 30 new outlets each year. Such an expansion would create around 1,800 new UK jobs at McDonald’s annually.

So, is it all just flipping burgers?

Not necessarily!

Roles at McDonald’s for students, graduates and other young people include Crew Members, Customer Care Assistants and Trainee Business Managers.

Crew Members are responsible for preparing food, cleanliness and hygiene and need to be focused on great customer service and working as a part of a team.

Trainee Managers can either be graduates or other people with a history of customer service experience and could be responsible for teams of 80 or more members of staff.

McDonald’s also provides two week voluntary work experience opportunities for 18 to 24 year olds to get a taster of what it is like to work for the company. Apprenticeships are also available for students who want to start work whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

And don’t forget that there are opportunities at McDonald’s head offices too. Here you could find work in a variety of departments such as Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Customer Services, Supply Chain, Franchising, Restaurant Services and National Operations.

In addition to decent wages, McDonald’s also offers at least 28 days holiday a year along with other staff incentives like performance related bonuses, pension schemes, free private health care after being with the company for three years and an employee discount card for over 1,500 retailers.

If you want to put in some hours at McDonald’s to earn a bit of extra cash, or you think that a long term position at the burger giant might be a career option for you, then check out the latest vacancies below.

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