McDonald’s may shift some jobs to India in $500 million cost-cutting move


New Delhi : In an effort to show $500 million in savings by 2017, McDonald's will lay off some employees in the United States in July, reported the New York Post. The move is a part of its CEO Steve Easterbrook's concerted effort to reduce cost at the fast food giant. “McDonald’s is also moving some functions to India in what could be a larger controversial push toward outsourcing,” it quoted sources familiar with the company’s plans as saying.

A regional office in Columbus, Ohio is among the first casualties of the cost-cutting. McDonald’s described the facility’s closing as part of “plans to permanently restructure its operations and eliminate a number of roles,” in a May 13 letter the company sent to city officials. The layoffs will begin in July and end by December, it said. The 70 workers at that facility provide support services to restaurants, including accounting functions, which may be moving to an Indian firm, say the sources.

“As part of our announced efforts to deliver $500 million in savings by the end of 2017, we are restructuring many aspects of our business, including an accounting function,” company spokeswoman Terri Hickey said. The report said as McDonald’s growth has stalled, it has been shutting down regional offices across the country, of which there are now about 25, down from 40. “There has been talk about McDonald’s moving (some operations) to India for years,” said Richard Adams, of franchise advice firm Franchise Equity Group.