// Issa brothers’ EG Group will create 32,000 jobs globally over the next 5 years
// The group will also open EG foodservice concessions in some Asda stores
Asda owners Issa brothers have revealed that they will create 32,000 jobs globally for their petrol station and food retail business EG Group.
A total of 22,700 of those jobs will be in the UK, and the majority of them will come from the expansion of bakery chain Cooplands and fast-food brand Leon.
The group will also open EG foodservice concessions in some Asda stores.
Overall, EG plans to open 30 Cooplands outlets a year through to 2026, as well as 50 Leon restaurants a year in the same period.
A significant number of jobs will also come through the opening of locations for its third-party brand partners, including Starbucks and KFC. These locations will include drive-thrus on forecourts and Asda car parks and will be operated by EG Group.
EG’s head office will also see its numbers increase in the recruitment drive. It currently employs around 900 people there.
The group has also increased wages in response to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. This month, it raised the average hourly pay to £10.05 for UK employees aged 18 and above. It also reported that it had completed two previous pay rises to 10,000 employees last year
“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,” co-founders and co-chief executives Mohsin and Zuber Issa said.
“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.
“EG has a strong track record of providing colleagues with long-term opportunities to progress their career at all levels and we are passionate about continuing this.”