After announcing strong Q1 earnings results last week, KFC revealed it is ready to hire 20,000 new workers. Nevertheless, the restaurant industry is currently struggling to onboard sufficient labor to meet the rising demand.
Parent company, Yum Brands (NYSE: YUM), is looking to hire both part-time and full-time positions for its fanchises. Jobs include cooks, restaurant management, customer service, shift supervisors and assistant managers.
Typically, as summer nears, fast-food chains hire thousands of employees. However, this year the restaurant industry is finding themselves at a shortage of workers. Despite this set back, consumers are eagerly returning to eateries, ready to spend as the economy reopens. KFC experienced a 14% U.S. same-store sales growth within its first quarter.
“KFC has seen tremendous growth and sustained demand in the U.S. over the last year. Our franchisees have a real need to fill a variety of positions on their teams,” said John Kurnick, Chief People Officer, KFC U.S. “Many of our franchise owners and brand leaders started their careers working in our restaurants, and restaurant jobs have always presented unique opportunities for those looking to learn new skills, whether in management, in the kitchen, through customer service or beyond.”
Other restaurants have begun to offer bonuses for attending the interview or staying at the company over 90 days. Executives from rival McDonald’s said that they have not felt the impact of the shortage yet but are considering increasing wages or benefits in several restaurants to combat the possible issue.