McDonald's is to recruit 20,000 more people and open 50 new restaurants in the UK and Ireland.

The fast food chain will aim to employ the addition staff and set up the new franchises in locations across the country over the next year.

It comes in anticipation of increased crew capacity as part of changing Government coronavirus guidelines.

The firm said the additions are not to replace the jobs lost throughout the pandemic, and are instead to prepare for the additional restaurants.

All McDonald's branches shut in March last year as lockdown was announced even though they could technically remain open as takeaways.

Chief executive Paul Pomroy said: "It's fantastic to be able to offer an additional 20,000 people an opportunity to work with us

"There is no doubt the pandemic has had a huge impact on many people's employment opportunities and threatened the future of high streets up and down the country.

"Our 1,400 restaurants are run by 200 local franchisees which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities.

"It's a big responsibility, and the moves we've announced today reflect our commitment to continue to innovate and invest in the local communities and economies we serve."

McDonald's is one of the UK and Ireland's biggest employers, with more than 130,000 crew members across the country.

The fast food chain has been approached for more details of where the new restaurants will be.

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