- On Monday, Papa John’s announced it would hire 10,000 more employees on top of the 20,000 it had planned to hire starting in March.
- 6.5 million restaurant workers are still out of a job because of the pandemic, but Papa John’s is one of several major restaurant chains hiring right now.
- All together, those chains are hiring over 400,000 new employees.
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On Wednesday, Denny’s announced in a press release that the corporation and franchisees would be looking to fill 10,000 restaurant positions by the end of 2020.
“With more and more of our restaurants reopening, Denny’s is poised for growth,” Denny’s chief executive officer, John Miller, said in the press release. “Guests are once again walking through our doors, and to meet this demand, support our franchisees and ensure the best dining experience possible, we and our franchisees will be hiring thousands of new Denny’s employees across the nation.”
McDonald’s announced on June 18 that it plans to hire 260,000 new workers in the US over the summer.
“We are excited to welcome new employees to our McFamily, and we want candidates and their families to know we have one goal – to keep our people safe. We’ve put new minimum national standards and nearly 50 new processes in place in our restaurants as they continue to re-open safely and judiciously,” Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA, said in a press release.
Subway announced on June 18 that franchisees were looking to hire 50,000 new employees in the US and Canada.
“As our business continues to see a growing demand for our value offerings, curbside pick-up and delivery, we are happy to support such a large-scale employment opportunity to meet the demands of our guests,” Aidan Hay, Subway’s vice president of operations for North America, said in a press release emailed to Business Insider.
Dunkin’ announced on June 9 that it was hiring 25,000 people in the US in its first national recruitment campaign. Jobs available range from entry level to management.
“We are proud to support our franchisees who offer much-needed job opportunities, in a welcoming environment where people can feel appreciated and rewarded for serving both customers and their communities during this critical time,” Stephanie Lilak, Dunkin’ Brands’ chief human-resources officer, said in a statement.
The chain also announced the addition of two new schools to its tuition assistance program, which offers college courses and degrees to Papa John’s employees for a reduced tuition at partner universities.
“We want to make it quick and simple for team members to join Papa John’s and immediately begin earning an income. An added benefit is access to a long-term pathway toward sustained personal and professional growth,” Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer, said in the press release. “COVID-19 has changed how we live, work and learn. With this significant expansion to our first-of-its-kind college tuition program, our team members will have the opportunity to earn not only a paycheck, but also a college degree.”
On March 23 Pizza Hut announced on its blog that it would hire 30,000 new workers for permanent positions as well as delivery positions.
“Given the increased demand we’re seeing for delivery, we’re hiring new team members to help us feed America,” Kevin Hochman, president of Pizza Hut US, said in a press release.
On Wednesday, Chipotle announced it would hire 10,000 new workers to aid the expansion of its drive-thru lanes, or “Chipotlane.”
“With a dedicated team and kitchen devoted to digital orders, we need to continue to grow our workforce to support the increasing demand, especially in locations featuring a Chipotlane,” Chipotle’s chief restaurant officer, Scott Boatwright, said in a press release.
Chipotle previously announced plans to hire for 10,000 new positions on May 8, CNN first reported.
Taco Bell announced in a May 21 press release that it and its franchisees would hire 30,000 workers over the summer.
“During these tough times, we want job-seekers to know that we’re hiring and we’re safe,” Kelly McCulloch, Taco Bell’s chief people officer, said in a press release.
Domino’s announced in a March 19 press release that it was hiring 10,000 new workers.
“Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they’re not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily impacted restaurant industry,” Richard Allison, Domino’s chief executive officer, said in the release.
Raising Cane’s announced in a May 11 press release that the chicken chain was hiring 5,000 new workers.
“Raising Cane’s culture is built on serving our communities – it’s the foundation of who we are and what we believe in,” AJ Kumaran, the chain’s cochief executive officer and chief operating officer, said in the release. “Part of that commitment is providing good jobs, and we wouldn’t be able to do that without our continued success and growth.”
Sonic posted job listings for 14,500 new jobs in the past month, according to LinkedIn. A June 2 LinkedIn jobs report said that Sonic was one of the food companies with the highest number of entry-level job listings.