BIG BITE OF THE MARKET
Fast food is shaking up the jobs in hospitality. Melanie Burgess reports
TAKEAWAY food outlets not only create easy meals but are fast providing many career paths – from cooks and delivery drivers to managers and marketing professionals.
Australia’s fast-food cook workforce alone is forecast to increase by 4400 positions between 2017 and 2022, Federal Government projec- tions show. This represents more than 10 per cent job growth for the occupation across the five-year period, and is on top of staff turnover.
Another 13,100 cafe and restaurant managers – including fast-food managers – are expected to be needed.
New research from Roy Morgan reveals more than four in five Australians aged 14 and older buy or eat takeaway food, with more than half (52.7 per cent) saying they eat McDonald’s at least once within a typical six-month period.
This is the most popular fast food outlet, followed by KFC (40.8 per cent), Subway (30.8 per cent), Hungry Jack’s (29 per cent), Domino’s Pizza (28.3 per cent), Red Rooster (16.3 per cent), Grill’d (12.2 per cent), Nando’s and Pizza Hut (each 10 per cent).
Younger generations are the most likely to eat takeaway food – 67.3 per cent eat McDonald’s at least once every six months, compared to 26.5 per cent of pre-boomers – suggesting a strong market well into the future.
Burger joint Carl’s Jr., owned by CKE Restaurants, is a relative newcomer to the Australian market with five stores now established.
CKE Restaurants chief executive Jason Marker says there are 11 more stores in the pipeline in the next 12 months and a further 300 stores are set to open in the coming 10 to 15 years. “To run a restaurant at the volumes we operate at, we tend to have 60 employees from management through to team members and if you multiply that by 300 stores in 10 to 15 years, that’s 18,000 jobs,” he says.
“Because we see Australia as a strategic market, we are also opening up a corporate office to support the growth and franchisees, which will need, conservatively, 10 people.”
CKE international president Ned Lyerly says the company has an extensive training program for career progression. “Many of our managers have stepped in for a role at corporate level or franchising,” he says. “There are big opportunities there.”