The McDonald’s “Jobs” Myth



“Mr Christianson said any employees at the site's current businesses would be welcome to apply for a job at McDonald's, which would create up to 120 jobs..”

The Australian national average number of employees at a McDonald’s fast food outlet is 105 and McDonald’s have indicated that the wage bill in Tecoma will be only $1Million, thus each of these “jobs” will have an average salary of less than $10,000 - hardly a job replacement for those employed at the site’s current businesses. But the reality gets worse.

McDonald’s have also stated that their Tecoma take-away will have “up to 24 full-time positions”.. So if we assume that these full time positions are for qualified staff and managers receiving near base salaries of $40,000 per annum...

$40,000 x 20 = $800,000 which only leaves $200,000 for the remaining 80 - 100 part time positions.

$200,000 / 80 = $2,500 per year or $50 per week.

You can see where the term “McJob”1 comes from. These are not replacement jobs for the family businesses currently servicing the Hill’s cafes and other food outlets who will not be able to compete with the advertising power of an international company the size of McDonalds. When you also consider the type of advertising targeted at children (toys, games, etc) designed to ensure children pester their parents into stopping at the Golden Arches, current local businesses will struggle to survive.

A McDonalds in the Dandenong Ranges will replace jobs, that are currently supporting families, with pocket money. There will also be flow on effects to other businesses when these current family businesses no longer exist and thus no longer purchase their supplies locally, do their banking locally, use local cleaning services, or just spend their incomes locally. A teenager with $50 will not spend it at a local children’s clothing store.

Other Myths


Regional benefit

Sources:   McDonald’s Australia Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2010

                Ferntree Gully-Belgrave Mail, 3rd May 2011

                 1. "McJob" was in use at least as early as 1986, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which defines it as "An unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector."[2] Lack of job security is common.

To all those teenagers and others who are seeking work in the food industry, many existing Tecoma stores often advertise for staff.

The Future of Maccas Jobs

“Serving more than 2 million customers a day all over the region, Steve Easterbrook, president of McDonald’s Europe, said that the changes would make life easier for consumers as well as improve efficiency with average transactions three to four seconds shorter for each customer. Additionally, the new technology would allow McDonald’s to gather more information about customers’ ordering habits.”



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