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MCDONALD'S Corp yesterday said that it would increase its number of employees in China this year as it continues to expand in its fastest growing market amid the global economic recession.

The world's largest fast-food chain plans to recruit 10,000 employees in China this year, representing about one-sixth of its existing 60,000 employees after a presence of nearly 20 years, according to Kenneth Chan, chief executive officer of McDonald's China.

Important market

"China is one of the most important and highest growth markets for McDonald's," Chan said. "To keep flourishing and growing here, we need to continue recruiting the best people to help us sustain the strong growth momentum."

McDonald's is doing the opposite of what most companies are doing as the global financial crisis has caused them to cut costs and reduce their labor force.

McDonald's recruitment is higher than last year's, in line with its business strategy and also with the government's policy to create more jobs in the current economic climate.

"We have a lot of development going on and we are confident of our growth here," Chan noted, "This would probably be the best opportunity for our people to move forward with a number of vacancies in the management."

Last year, McDonald's opened 145 restaurants in China, boosting the total number of its outlets to 2,012. Chan said about 175 new restaurants will be built in the country this year.

To attract high quality staff, McDonald's will provide more training and development as well as offer salaries higher than the industry average even in the tough economic situation, said Susanna Li, vice president of human resources at McDonald's China.


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