Fast food is shaking up the jobs in hospi­tal­ity. Me­lanie Burgess re­ports

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News & Advice -

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.”

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