McDonald's restaurants in the Illawarra will hire 160 more people before the end of the year.
Licensee Katia Dwarte said the new opportunities come as the restaurant chain recruits more than 17,400 people nationwide including 5500 in NSW before December 31.
Mrs Dwarte said the new jobs were additional positions in stores across the Illawarra and are a mixture of full-time, part-time and casual roles for crew, maintenance, baristas and management.
"We are all actively employing and increasing our numbers," she said.
"These are additional staff.
"It is for a mixture of roles.
"We will have people on traineeships in Certificate III in our four restaurants.
"There will be some additional day positions for part-timers and the rest will be made up of casual employment."
Around 60 per cent of the new positions will be casual.
Mrs Dwarte said the recruitment did not relate to any new restaurants being considered for the Illawarra.
"The additional employees are to meet the demand at the moment," she said.
."With COVID-19 we have especially seen that in our drive-thru and we are employing more people in our service area to maintain the sanitation required."
Mrs Dwarte said McDonald's was attractive to many young people because of the career development opportunities that come from training and on-the-job experience.
"Providing young people with a great first job that also develops skills that enhance their employability," she said.
"As a Registered Training Organisation, we're able to offer nationally recognised external qualifications and traineeships to help our people into careers in the business, retail, food service or hospitality sectors, in addition to our internal training courses."
A McDonald's Australia spokesperson said it was normal to see an uplift towards the end of the year ahead of summer and the holiday period.
"The roles we're currently hiring for are open to people of all age, and a significant portion of the roles will be casuals. Many young people come to us at this time of year to get their first job, during the summer holidays."
In 2019, McDonald's Australia released research assessing how the company prepares its employees for future careers beyond the restaurant.
The findings revealed 90 per cent of people who worked at McDonald's felt the company had taught them skills that were valuable for their future.
And 80 per cent believed their time at Macca's improved their chances of securing their next job.
Anyone interested in one of the 160 news jobs in the Illawarra can apply at https://apply.mcdonalds.com.au.