We look after our team—after all, we'd be nothing without them.
KFC UK employs around 24,000 people in 850 restaurants…with flexible job opportunities to fit around kids, studying, and busy lives.
Around 65% of our restaurant recruits are young adults venturing into the world of work for the very first time. KFC is a fantastic place to start, with a fun and encouraging environment that makes for the perfect first job, as well as great opportunities for those who want to pursue a career. We aim to employ a diverse workforce to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
We promoted 1,500 people last year and expect to exceed that figure in 2015. We look for people who fit our culture and show potential to move up through the ranks and provide them with first-class development training to do just that. There are lots of opportunities to step into management positions and most restaurant managers who originally joined us at team level moved up as quickly as 12 weeks after joining our family.
In 2013, KFC launched its Operations Leadership Programme for Graduates, designed to fast-track university leavers into restaurant manager roles within 12 months and ensure we have talented leaders for the future. We also participated in a variety of Graduate Skills Sessions such as The London Skills Event at the ExCel Centre, in order to inspire 15-24 year olds to consider a full time or part time career with KFC while continuing their education.
We're officially a Great Place to Work and one of the reasons is that we love to reward people.
All our salaried employees, including restaurant and assistant restaurant managers, are eligible for childcare vouchers, pension provision and a bonus system. In response to employee feedback we've also introduced a flexible benefits scheme called Pick n' Mix for salaried employees who can choose benefits to suit their lifestyle and needs, with categories including finance and protection, health and wellbeing, and leisure and lifestyle.
KFC UK and Ireland paid £2.2 million in bonuses to restaurant employees last year. We compare actual sales with forecasted sales and pay bonuses to teams and individuals based on this. Yumbucks is our profit share programme for restaurant managers and area coaches, enabling them to own a stake in our parent company Yum!
Celebrating our people's efforts is very important to us. Employees hand each other recognition cards with their own messages of praise, and regional awards are given to the Employee of the Month, Best Up-Seller and for greeting our customers with a five-star smile. To celebrate these achievements managers take their teams on theme park trips, 10-pin bowling nights, paint-balling, or for meals out.
We have a responsibility to look after our people, as they work so hard for us.
We've worked with City & Guilds to develop a qualification for all our functional skills. The rigorous scheme allows participants to study maths and English as well as hospitality management. We also offer all our team leaders the opportunity to train for an Advanced NVQ Apprenticeship in hospitality management and managers can study for a specially designed business management degree at De Montfort University.
We believe in supporting people when their lifestyles change and they need flexibility in their working hours. We provide shifts that fit around kids, studying and busy lives to give you the freedom to work when it suits you best.
We're really very proud of our partnership with Barnardo's—offering work experience to disadvantaged young adults, who often struggle to find jobs. Our placements help them to grow in confidence and gain valuable skills, effectively changing young people's lives. We think this strengthens our meaningful investment in local communities, and hope our partnership will encourage more businesses to follow suit.
Last year we raised over £1million for the World Food Programme, providing 6 million meals to the world's poorest children.
We believe no one should go hungry, wherever they live in the world. That's why we've been working with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) since 2007 and have raised over £3.5million to help feed more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. We provide opportunities for our staff to easily get involved with fun initiatives at work and tax-efficient schemes such as ‘Give as you Earn'.
Our employees love to come up with fun and challenging ways to raise money for the WFP. Past events have included ‘Hike for Hunger' sponsored walks, football tournaments, cake stalls, and a Come Dine with Me-inspired contest.
Add Hope supports vulnerable children in the UK, Ireland and overseas by distributing funds to children’s charities in the UK, Ireland and overseas. These local charities work with vulnerable children and their families in a number of ways, such as equipping hospices, providing support for children with disability or severe illnesses and offering counselling. We hope to raise £1.5m for the foundation in the first year.
You can support Add Hope by donating money using the collection boxes at our tills or by buying a Family Feast or Kids' Meal, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the foundation.