EG Group has announced plans to create more than 32,000 jobs globally over a five-year period.
According to the group it will be driven by a “sustained investment” in its foodservice business.
To supplement this expansion strategy, EG has added to the pay and benefits colleagues receive and this month increased the average hourly pay to £10.05 for UK colleagues aged 18 and above.
In the UK, the group said it will deliver many of these jobs from rolling out its proprietary brands ‒ Cooplands, the bakery chain, and LEON, the “naturally fast food” brand ‒ across its forecourt network, new-to-industry (NTI) sites, and EG food service concessions at Asda locations.
EG also said it will create a “large number” of new jobs by accelerating openings for its existing third-party brand partners, notably Starbucks and KFC, including drive-thrus on the group’s UK forecourts and on Asda car parks.
The group plans to add 22,700 UK jobs between January 2022 and December 2026, including new roles, both “highly skilled” and entry level, at its head office in Blackburn.
Additionally, 9,700 new jobs will come from “organic expansion” in EG’s nine additional markets: Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia and the US over the same five-year period.
EG also confirmed a new growth strategy for Cooplands which will see the group open 30 outlets a year through 2026, including cafés inside NTIs and convenience stores on EG forecourt sites.
Mohsin Issa CBE and Zuber Issa CBE, co-founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, said: “As EG continues to go from strength to strength, we will be creating a large number of new jobs over the coming years, particularly in our successful foodservice business ‒ which remains a significant growth opportunity globally.”