McDonald’s is trialling giving staff the ability to opt out of hourly contracts and choose fixed hours.
The fast food restaurant said it had trialled the move in three restaurants in the North West earlier in the year, offering staff the option of switching to a four-, 16- or 30-hour contract. Over 80% of staff opted to stay on their existing zero hours contracts.
They are now extending the trial to a further six restaurants “to gauge how this works for our people and our business during busier times such as school holidays and on a bigger scale”. A spokesperson said: “We feel that the offer of a range of contracts, flexible and fixed hours, will be of greatest appeal to our workforce and pending the outcome of the trials would look to make this offer more widely available.”
McDonald’s has won awards for its flexible working policies, including its Friends and Family contract which allows employees working in the same restaurant (from the same family or who are friends) to share and cover each other’s shifts, with no prior notice required, to best suit their personal arrangements.