McDonalds is hiring as many as 1,100 full-time staff members in the United States, a new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals.
The move is part of McDonalds’ efforts to bolster its global workforce, which is expected to hit more than 3 million by the end of 2019.
The fast-food chain has hired more than 1,500 people for the U.S. since January.
It has already hired roughly 2,000 employees in Canada, which has been a boon for the chain’s growth.
The hiring has boosted earnings for the company, but the jobs were largely in areas where the company had struggled before, such as retail and food services.
McDonalds said it had more than 2.5 million U..
S.-based restaurant employees in the first quarter of 2019, up from about 2.4 million in the same period last year.
“We’re excited to have more people here to help us grow,” McDonalds CEO Don Thompson said in a statement.
“It’s good to see that we’re not just filling empty positions.”
The McDonalds U.K. operations also saw gains in full- and part-time workers, with 1,600 new jobs added in the country over the past month, the company said.
McDonald’s in March announced plans to hire 1,400 workers globally for the coming year, an increase of about 400 from its current workforce.