5 May 2009

McDonald's adding 30 outlets, creating 6000 new jobs

2:50 pm on 5 May 2009

McDonald's plans to create 6000 additional jobs in New Zealand over the next three years as part of a major expansion drive.

The restaurant chain says it's buying land and equipment in a programme that will add 30 new outlets as well as refurbishing existing ones.

The company says it's looking to raise its domestic employee numbers to 14,000.

McDonalds says the plans involve capital spending of around $100 million.

The New Zealand Institute says McDonald's announcement is both good news and bad.

Research director Benedickte Jensen says New Zealand's focus should be on creating higher value jobs in the longer term - and provide more training options for younger people in the short term.

The first McDonald's outlet in New Zealand opened in Porirua in 1976.