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American Fast-Food Chains Are Hiring Seniors Not Teens

Senior citizens are replacing the young workforce in casual dining chains like McDonald’s and Bob Evans. These restaurants shared that the elderly will be one of the hiring focuses in the coming year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014 and 2024, the number of American laborers ages 16-24 will decrease by 1.4 percent, while those ages 65-74 will increase by 4.5 percent.

Food establishments recruit at churches and senior centers, even placing want ads on the website of an advocacy group for Americans over 50, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

This trend addresses the U.S. labor shortage in a tight job market, and the disposition of older Americans to work in support of their retirement savings.

Photo courtesy of Lorie Shaull.

Recruiters explain older employees have soft skills —a combination of people, social, and communication skills— the youngins’ often lack.

Fast-food chains prefer hiring seniors because they have more experience for the same wages usually paid to younger people. Considering today’s economy, that’s a huge advantage.

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