Taco Bell to hire 5,000 in a day, give additional benefits to GMs

With demand rising, the fast-food chain is going out of its way to hire more people and offer added benefits to some general managers too

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Taco Bell, the restaurant chain, is all set to recruit a minimum of 5,000 employees in a single day across the US, through job fairs held in parking lots. While the fast-food chain is known for its recruitment drives, it has never before held spot interviews in the parking lots at 2,000 locations.

Desperate to hire more people to meet the sudden rise in demand and also retain its existing staff, the chain is offering additional benefits to some general managers in the form of four weeks of annual vacation, along with eight weeks of paid maternity leave, and four weeks of “baby bonding” leave for new parents or guardians.

Last year, the Company had also introduced at least 24 hours of paid sick leave for all levels of employees at all its locations.

The chain, which is part of Yum Brands Inc., is clearly finding it challenging to find talent, as the recent stimulus package and unemployment benefits in the US seem to have encouraged more people to stay at home.

While vacancies exist for various positions ranging from cashiers to general managers, ‘bellhops’ are also being hired who use tablets to fulfil orders of drive-thru customers.

Taco Bell is gearing to achieve a goal of 10,000 locations globally by the end of the decade. The April 21 placement event, which will be its fourth annual hiring party, to add 5,000 more members to its team, will only help further this goal.

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