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2,500 mcdonald's restaurant jobs up for grabs

Fast food retailer McDonald's is to create some 2,500 jobs across its UK restaurants, it has been announced.

According to its latest statements, the chain expects more than half of the new jobs to go to young people, with 30 per cent of them being first-time workers.

The prime minister and his deputy have welcomed the decision, which they said will bring a significant boost to the economy and the morale of young people who have been hit with a shortage of employment opportunities.

"McDonald's has a great record in investing in the UK and providing excellent training, apprenticeships and opportunities for its staff," Mr Cameron commented.

Nick Clegg added that the announcement is "fantastic" news for many young people entering their first job.

He added: "This invests valuable time and resources to help young people, with little or no experience in the world of work, to develop their skills and confidence."

The new jobs add to the 13,500 positions McDonald's has created over the last three years, taking its total workforce count to 90,000.

Jill McDonald, chief executive officer of McDonald's UK, also mentioned that despite a tough economic climate, the company is continuing to see the success of its food at low prices.

She suggested that the job opportunities will provide a solid foundation to build on transferable skills.

McDonald's has more than 1,250 restaurants in the UK, including company-owned eateries and franchises.