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McDonald’s is overscaling its hiring efforts in Colorado

McDonald’s restaurants in Colorado are looking to add 5,996 additional workers to their ranks this summer and invite anyone interested to apply for full-time or part-time positions.

“People are at the heart of our business, and the skills our crew members learn in our restaurants, such as responsibility, teamwork and responsiveness, can open the door to a brighter future,” Frankie said. Luther, owner and operator of the Fort Collins area at McDonald’s. , said in a statement. “As local business owners, we are committed to empowering our employees and the communities we serve.”

That number is up from 3,256 summer hires sought in Colorado in 2021 and 4,811 in 2020, said company spokeswoman Debbie Fitzgerald. McDonald’s has 12,100 employees in the state, and starting pay is around $14 to $14.50 an hour for crew members in most of the state. Managers start at $18 per hour.

Alignable, an online referral network for small businesses, found in a May 11 survey that 83% of small restaurants were facing staff shortages, the highest rate of any industry, and that shortages are on the rise. worse, not better.

Before the pandemic, restaurants employed about 137,000 people in the state, according to the Colorado Restaurant Association. Long waits have become more common over the past year, and in some cases venues have closed after hours or shortened their hours due to a lack of staff.

McDonald’s said the door is open to everyone, from teenagers looking to earn extra money on their first job during summer vacation to those looking for help with education expenses to older adults. seniors who need a flexible schedule and are looking for a long-term career.

The company said it can help its crew members earn a high school diploma, participate in ESL classes and get tuition assistance. Through its Archways to Opportunity program, the company provides free training and career guidance to its employees at participating restaurants. The company also partnered with Western Governors University this year to offer employees and their families a 5% tuition and scholarship discount ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each.

Those interested in applying can go online to to find out more, text “apply” to 38000, or visit a nearby restaurant.

Colorado residents aren’t the hungriest McDonald’s in the country, but the company has a significant presence, with 3.8 restaurants per 100,000 people. This concentration ranks 40th among states, just ahead of Utah and just behind Pennsylvania, according to a survey published by USA Today in the fall of 2018. The top state, Arkansas, had 5.8 McDonald’s restaurants per 100,000 inhabitants.

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