Necessity is the mother of the McJob
Sure, we all love to hate McDonald's: we grouse about the food, complain about the calories, and make documentaries about how it's slowly killing millions of people. But the fact is, in today's economy with jobs as scarce as hen's teeth, McDonald's is defying the downturn, keeping thousands of people employed and augmenting the household incomes of those who have lost jobs as well as those who are new to the work force (think: teenagers).
Professionals who have been made redundant make up some of the 2000+ applicants per day that are turned in at McDonald's throughout the UK. The company continues to hire hundreds of people each month in an economic environment that is decidedly dismal.
While people use employment at the company that inspired the term "McJob" as the object of jokes and some amount of ridicule, 67,000 people in the UK bring home paycheques from McDonald's. People are doing what they have to do in order to make ends meet, and with McDonald's, one of the few employers who haven't skidded into hard times in the recession, the company we love to hate is at least sending some income home to thousands of Brits who would be unemployed otherwise.
So would you take a "McJob" to keep some money coming into your household? What would you be willing to do to bring home a paycheque if you found yourself unemployed?