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McDonald's staff will be offered choice of flexible or fixed contracts

Workers at restaurant giant McDonald's are to be offered a choice of flexible or fixed contracts with minimum guaranteed hours.

The company said the move followed trials in 23 restaurants, which will be extended to 50 more sites before rolling out nationally across the year.

During the trial, four out of five members of staff chose to stay on their existing flexible contracts.

Paul Pomroy, chief executive officer at McDonald's UK, said: "The vast majority of our employees are happy with their flexible contracts, but some have told us that more fixed hours would help them get better access to some financial products.

"Thanks to the support of our franchisees, we are able to respond to our people's needs and will begin to roll out fixed hours contracts, including new joiners, across the course of the year."

McDonald's also announced that by May, hourly paid workers will have received an average hourly pay increase of 17% over the past two years.

Mr Pomroy said: "The hard work of our restaurant teams has enabled us to deliver 44 consecutive quarters of growth in the UK.

"It's right that we continue to invest in our people so they can deliver the experience that our customers want and expect."

Paul Maloney, the GMB union's southern region secretary, said: "Workers at McDonald's should be offered up to 40 hours of work a week, and permanent contracts to include annual leave, sick pay and a pension scheme.

"The Government has been examining possible changes to make precarious employment more secure.

"A sensible reform would be to deem average hours worked over the past 12 weeks as the minimum contracted hours as is currently the case for arriving at maximum hours under the Working Time Directive."

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