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KFC could create 6,500 UK jobs

KFC could create 6,500 UK jobs

Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC as it is more commonly known, is planning to expand significantly throughout the UK over the next five years, with the potential of up to 6,500 jobs being created.

These plans were announced by KFC UK and Ireland managing director Martin Shuker in an interview with the Telegraph.

In 2014 alone, 32 new outlets are set to open thanks to £21 million worth of investment, which will create 1,300 jobs, increasing the company's UK workforce to 25,300.

However, Mr Shuker has announced that a further 150 stores could open over the next five years, with the potential for 6,500 food industry jobs being created.

Mr Shuker said: "The reality is that we could absolutely keep growing at this rate for the next five years and longer, because there's demand for KFC in geographies where we are not yet present.

"If you were to take the trajectory of what we've done in the last five years and fast-forward, that would not be misleading in terms of what we want to do in the next five years."

The popular fried chicken chain first came to the UK in 1965 with an outlet in Preston, but it began life in Kentucky during the 1950s, thanks to its founder Colonel Harland D Sanders.

Since Mr Shuker took over the UK and Ireland division of the food business eight years ago, sales and profits have continued to grow, with a large number of people interested in working for the successful firm.

Around 400,000 people apply to work for KFC in the UK each year, with ten graduate positions recently attracting 1,200 applicants. 

In addition to this, sales of KFC's spicy chicken wings have increased from 60 million to 135 million per year in the country, which has helped to double revenue from around £500 million to almost £1 billion.

Customer numbers have also increased - by a significant 32 per cent - meaning 143 million people regularly purchase KFC's products.


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