EG Group to create over 32,000 jobs globally over five years

EG Group has unveiled plans to create more than 32,000 jobs globally over a five-year period.

In the UK, the Group will deliver many of these jobs from rolling out its bakery chain Cooplands and fast-food brand LEON across its forecourt network, new-to-industry (NTI) sites, and EG foodservice concessions at Asda locations.

Cooplands plans to open 30 outlets a year through to 2026, including cafés inside NTIs, and convenience stores on EG forecourt sites.

EG Group will also create 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 carparks ‒ with these foodservice outlets operated by EG and its colleagues.

The group plans to add about 22,700 UK jobs between January 2022 and December 2026, and around 9,700 new jobs will also come from organic growth in EG’s nine additional markets.

To supplement this growth strategy, EG has increased the average hourly pay to £10.05 for UK employees. This follows two previous pay rises for more than 10,000 UK colleagues in 2021, in recognition of the cost-of-living pressures they currently face.

In addition, EG’s recently augmented benefits package for colleagues includes an increase in its life assurance policy, support via the company’s Employee Assistance Programme, operational quarterly bonuses, discounts at EG brands, and continued access to development, such as professional qualifications.

Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa, Co-Founders and Co-Chief Executive 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. We are proud to be a business founded in Britain that invests in job creation worldwide, while focusing heavily on the training and development of colleagues.”