McDonald's staff need university degree

McDonald's staff need university degree

2013-04-05 12:30

Cape Town - Fast food giant McDonald's in the US is now demanding that workers possess a Bachelors degree to qualify for a cashier's post, according to a report in the Business Insider.

The move was a "frightening example" of how competitive the job market for the country's youth has become, Business Insider said.

In a job advert in a small Massachusetts town calling for a full-time cashier, McDonald's insisted only college graduates need apply.

The ad also required that applicants have at least one to two years' experience working as a cashier.

The post promises flexible working hours as well as affordable health, vision and dental insurance.

The chain goes on to say that the successful candidate has the opportunity to work their way up the ladder in a company that boasts "impressive advancement opportunities".

With the country's youth unemployment at an all-time high, youth advocates say McDonald's unusually high demands are a sign of the times.

“Sadly we’ve taxed and spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense competition for just about any job… young people are getting screwed over even worse than the country overall,” Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity told the publication.

*What sort of qualification (if any) do you think cashiers need? Send us your comments.


  • July Nhlapo - 2013-04-05 12:42

    BA: Psychology,Indusrial Psychology, Sociology, HR, Politics, Art, Music, Communication. Or any University of Technology diploma except for engineering...

      Gerald King - 2013-04-06 16:12

      You've got a sick view of the world. Everybody is worth the same to the world, its just a question of realising that. Plenty mensans get involved the arts etc after getting bored of their most effortless firsts in stochastix, astrophysix etc. Courses which you can't even qualify for. Stop embarrassing yourself.

      Tebogo Eugene Nkosi - 2013-04-06 22:30

      Why not engineering

  • McKen Maake - 2013-04-05 12:46

    communication and basic accounting qualification

  • Sagren Moodley - 2013-04-05 12:49

    If I have bachelors degree in anything, why would I want to be a cashier? I would aim far higher, i think matric is sufficient.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-04-07 09:26

      They have a high skill pool than South Africa, hence they can afford to say. In some neighbouring countries here in Africa you cant even be a maid without matric with English or Maths. South Africas will find that hard to believe because higher education is not easily accessible here for many reasons.

  • Nhlalonhle Jeffrey Hlatshwayo - 2013-04-05 13:37

    matric should do the trick, whats the use of spending thousands on education if all what your degree gets you is a lame cashier job?

  • Tshepo Lekabe - 2013-04-05 13:38

    Meaning they will Earn R10 000 or more ? That's what you get with such qualifications

      Karen Duval - 2013-04-05 15:47

      You will only earn that IF you can find a job. There are thousands of graduates who cannot find work. If I had to choose between sitting at home and doing nothing rather than lowering myself to work the till at MD? I'll take the job thank you. I can always look out for something better while working. Kudos to MD for offering these youngsters a stepping stone.

  • Johann Engelbrecht - 2013-04-05 13:44

    Speaking as a former cashier, you don't need really a qualification beyond grade 10. You do need people-skills, commitment and enthusiasm. You'll NEVER pay off your study-debt on a cashier's wages.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-04-07 09:27

      I am sure you were a cashier in RSA, not USA. There the job market for "skilled" people is high

  • Lenkamu Trading - 2013-04-05 13:45

    Getting worst each day. Spending all those years at varsity to become a cashier

      Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-04-06 08:00 McDonalds noggal..what a waste.

  • TheCrow - 2013-04-05 14:11

    I think its a great idea. To succeed in the corporate world as where these peeps from mcdonalds will probably end up, u must have people skills. This is the place where u will learn it. Lots of big time managers have there roots as waiters and cashiers in mcdonalds

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-04-05 14:20

    No degree required to be president... oh wait just a criminal record...

  • Irfaan Nakwa - 2013-04-05 14:55

    an MBA As well

  • Gumani Gumaninganne Ratshihule - 2013-04-05 15:05

    Matric and computer skills

  • Jack Schnitzer - 2013-04-05 15:28

    MacDonalds is simply trying to make their brand more sophisticated

  • Roderick Dominique Leviton - 2013-04-05 16:12

    No mention of what they actually earn so I looked it up. In the USA a cashier earns almost 17K USD a year, so in Rand that's almost R154 000.00, which amounts to R13 000 a month which includes health and dental. Thats a pretty good salary package that also does not include holiday pay,overtime and weekend pay which is common in this industry. I would love to know what Micky D is paying us South African counterparts. I can honestly assume that it's nowhere near as good as the Americans so it all depends on what South African are getting paid...

      wendy.webb.980 - 2013-04-07 10:02

      You can't just multiply by our ever-changing exchange rate. That tells you nothing about the purchasing power of the dollar IN AMERICA. In fact, 17K USD as far as I know is very close to their minimum wage.

  • Jean Henderson - 2013-04-05 19:17

    Get real people in Africa, Big Mac's cashier would need a university degree,and fools in Parliament don't even a Matric what a joke

  • Zahir - 2013-04-05 19:42

    Mcdonalds don't even serve healthy tasty food

  • Janet Butler - 2013-04-05 22:42

    College qualification or University degree-viva la difference .... Someone once said BA stands for buggerall - eish!!!

  • Thelma Flynn - 2013-04-06 07:08

    Pathetic. In america as in South Africa there are those who cannot afford to go to varsity to get a degree. As if some of those don't have sticky fingers

  • Tebogo Eugene Nkosi - 2013-04-06 22:34

    It goes to show how education its starting to be important,any degree in the line of technology will do

  • Riaan Krüger - 2013-04-07 08:31

    ..the reasons for all of this is because of American greed...they put the world in financial crisis and unfortunately Americans are paying the price and so will their children until America falls...they are already bankrupt....

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