McDonald’s is pleading with 14 and 15-year-olds to apply for jobs due to a staffing shortage.
Due to a shortage of fast-food workers, MCDONALD’S has been compelled to recruit 14 and 15-year-olds.
Two weeks ago, a branch in Medford, Oregon, erected a poster encouraging the younger population to apply for jobs. The branch manager, Heather Coleman, said that the personnel shortages were unheard of in her family’s 40-year experience of owning McDonald’s franchisees. Ms Coleman had first increased the minimum salary at the restaurant to £10.50 in order to attract additional employees.
“There are always staffing concerns, but this is unheard of,” she told Business Insider.
Ms Colemen noted that the lowering of the age criteria resulted in an influx of 25 new applicants in just two weeks.
The business is legally allowed to hire people aged 14 and up for non-hazardous employment like fast food.
This is only allowed if their hours are regulated to meet schooling and they are given sufficient breaks.
McDonald’s has also been obliged to give increased sign-on bonuses and benefits, including childcare, due to staff shortages.
However, McDonald’s isn’t the only corporation with a staffing shortfall.
Layne’s Chicken Fingers, a Texas chicken franchise, is encouraging teenagers to work there.
Due to a shortage of senior employees, they are providing management positions that pay more than $50,000 (£36,257).
Garrett Reed, the company’s CEO, said he was now reliant on 16 and 17-year-olds due to a lack of more experienced employees.
While he admitted that the newer employees were hard workers, he raised concern about their lack of managerial expertise.
“We’re so thin at leadership that we can’t extend any further to add new locations,” he told The Wall Street Journal.
“I have a nice crop of 16- and 17-year-olds, but it will take a year or two to get them seasoned enough to run stores.”
Earlier this year, a Twitter user shared a photo of a Burger King location in Ohio that was also promoting positions for those aged 14 to 15.
“Do you have a 14- or 15-year-old?” it asked.
“Do they require employment? We’re going to recruit them!”
Due to the epidemic, there have been reports of staff shortages in the United Kingdom.
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Industry executives across the country have reported staffing shortages as a result of many European workers returning to the continent during the pandemic.
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