McDonald’s Corp. and franchisees plan to hire 11,000 people in Michigan for the summer fast-food dining rush.
Several of the chain’s owner-operators in metro Detroit are attending career fairs through Detroit’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent youth jobs program to help fill their hiring needs, program Executive Director Jason Lee said in an email.
“We anticipate participating in that so we can open up some possibilities for young people in the greater Detroit area,” said Phil Saken, Michigan spokesman for Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s.
The company declined to break down the hiring numbers by city or region. It has 520 restaurants in the state and 28 in Detroit.
To round up thousands of employees, McDonald’s has also conducted digital hiring campaigns and recently said it is allotting $150 million over five years for its international education access initiative, Archways to Opportunity. The college and high school tuition assistance program has awarded approximately $1.7 million to Michigan employees — $21 million total — since it started in 2015, according to a news release. It expects to assist 400,000 U.S. workers with the new investment.
The jobs in Michigan could be full- or part-time or seasonal, depending on individual employers’ needs, Saken said. He declined to comment on wages or bonuses, saying pay varies by restaurant.
The company ramps up hiring every summer, especially in a state such as Michigan with frigid winters, Saken said.
Around 90 percent of McDonald’s 37,000 locations are operated by franchisees.
The company reported $5.14 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2018, down from $5.68 billion in the same period last year. For the quarter, McDonald’s said its U.S. comparable sales rose 2.9 percent, due largely to menu price increases and product mix shifts.