On top of that, the organisation will be adjusting the wages of its full-time staff to match the minimum basic wage proposed, and approved, by the Government by the end of 2022.
As part of McDonald’s Malaysia’s Vision 2026, the organisation will be investing a total of RM1.35bn over the next five years to open 205 new restaurants - bringing the total up to 500 restaurants in Malaysia by 2026. With such presence, coupled with its growth trajectory, and ongoing business uptrend, McDonald’s also expects to offer more than 50,000 career opportunities for Malaysians by 2026.
This career initiative, according to the fast-food company's statement, is "staying true" to its "Malaysians serving Malaysians" philosophy, as it is committed to hiring 100% locals to join its workforce.
According to Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director & Local Operating Partner, McDonald’s Malaysia, the 50,000 job vacancies will help fuel the organisation's growth, and support ongoing restaurant operations "which have significantly evolved over the last two years".
In addition, with the introduction of more table service in the restaurants, double-track drive-thru outlets, increased delivery services, as well as adherence to health & social distancing guidelines, McDonald's Malaysia requires additional staffing to ensure a quality standard of service.
Azmir added that McDonald's Malaysia also aims to offer Malaysians "more than just jobs but also meaningful careers" as an individual may join as a restaurant crew, but given the right training and guidance, he/she can easily rise through the ranks within McDonald’s in a few years.
Beyond that, the fast-food company is, according to Azmir, committed to "strengthening youth employability" in the hospitality industry.
"Today, Malaysian youths can kickstart their career via the McDonald’s vocational apprenticeship programme under the Government’s National Dual Training System (SLDN)," Azmir shared. He, at the same time, revealed that McDonald’s will be investing RM300mn in training & development programmes with the Ministry of Human Resources by 2026. This will see the organisation produce up to 15,000 vocational academy apprentices through the programme in the next five years.
On a separate note, it was shared that more than eight in 10 (80%) McDonald’s full-time employees are already earning a minimum of RM1,500 in basic salary per month, in line with the current minimum wage. By the end of 2022, McDonald's will be adjusting the wages of its full-time staff in support of the government’s latest proposal to raise the minimum wage.
The announcement came in line with the company's five-year business expansion plans upon achieving 15% year-on-year growth in 2021, which were pegged down to the focus on four key business drivers, namely the Drive-Thru, McDelivery, its Digital Platform and McCafé.
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