McDonald’s hungry for 2,000 new hires
Singapore – Fast food giant McDonald's has plans to hire at least 2,000 new staff, a third of which will be filled by mature workers.
The fast food chain held its inaugural two-day career fair at Tiong Bahru Plaza and eight restaurants across Singapore over the weekend. Jobseekers were given opportunities to speak to McDonald's staff and those who were hired on the spot were awarded a S$200 bonus.
Current employees were also given incentives if they referred their family and friends to work at McDonald's.
McDonald's, which employs 8,500 people in Singapore, said the recruitment drive was part of its aim to support its business growth in the city-state. It also planned to hire 600 senior citizens during the fair.
Judy Harman, managing director of the fast food chain in Singapore, said employees have always been the company’s most valuable assets, with mature workers playing “a significant role” in its success. She added that the restaurant wants to continue providing a flexible, friendly work environment for senior citizens who are keen to return to the workforce.
“In addition to developing and engaging our people, we are looking to hire new talent to support our business growth,” Harman said.
Seng Han Tong, assistant secretary-general of National Trades Union Congress, who officiated at the career fair, said he was gratified that McDonald's is hiring more staff, especially older workers, despite the uncertain economic conditions.
Seng said, "Giving mature workers the opportunity to work so they can keep an active mind, a healthy body and some level of financial stability is crucial to the economic development of our society."
Gerard Ee, chairman of Council for Third Age (C3A), added employment opportunities will help give seniors “a sense of personal fulfilment and a greater sense of purpose”.
McDonald’s is working with C3A to reach out to the ageing population to share its job opportunities. It is also working with all five Community Development Councils and the Ministry of Defence to reach out to potential jobseekers.
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