Ever seen a McDonald’s employment contract like this?

Ever seen a McDonald’s employment contract like this?

10:39 AM, 30th March 2023, About 11 months ago 14

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Hi all, Has anyone ever come across a McDonald’s work contract in the course of tenant referencing?

This is the one that was sent to me earlier this week:

Dear N
Employment details
We’re delighted to confirm your appointment as Crew Member with McDonald’s at our restaurant situated at BRISTOL …. [address that follows is incorrect for the location].
This is effective from 28/11/2022 and your rate of pay is £10 per hour regular rate and £11 per hour premium rate.
For full terms and conditions please see your contract and employee handbook.
Kind regards

McDonald’s Team

The worker is my tenant’s husband who arrived on a spouse visa soon after she moved into the flat. He is still working at McDonald’s. However, there is no contract or employee handbook.

McDonald’s gave my tenant the runaround when I challenged her to provide the said contract for her husband. She’s been back to them several times and says today that the given information (as above) is all there is.

Has anyone come across this before???

Thank you,


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Karen Dodd

0:09 AM, 31st March 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by SCP at 30/03/2023 - 20:23
My comments were based on inappropriate tenants being placed rather than their ethnicity. They have clearly been exploited by the firm that brought them over and were placed in one family home whereas there were several families. They could have been brought over from any country, not just India. Something is definitely wrong and my sentiments go out to the children involved, sleeping on seriously stained mattreses (no bed) which ruined carpet and underlay. These companies using cheap labour have a lot to answer for.


8:46 AM, 31st March 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Karen Dodd at 31/03/2023 - 00:09
Well said, and we should maintain the moral high ground by never providing accommodation to operations like this.

LordOf TheManor

15:26 PM, 31st March 2023, About 11 months ago

Thanks everyone for chipping in!

I've done more investigating. The 'contract' is what McDonald's gives to a worker on 'zero hours'. Seems that only those at a higher responsibility level are 'employed' and are given a proper contract.

According to ACAS and Gov.uk, workers on zero hours are still entitled to know the perameters of their work and leave entitlements, and should be provided this information in writing, along with grievance procedures. That a McDonald's franchise hasn't provided this to my tenant's husband says to me that they are most probably exploiting him.

Why am I interested? Or why should I be?

My tenant is an Indian nurse trainee, one of several brought over to Bristol last September. The deal for her included hospital-provided accommodation for 3 months and comes with the expectation of passing an exam to qualify for the next salary level within 3 to 6 months.

The nurse was still on the initial salary level and failed affordability (the going rate) for my flat in October. Apart from that, hers was a good application. The work-around was to pay 6 months rent up front. She borrowed the money from a friend and moved in in November with the tenancy in her sole name.

Her husband then arrived, super keen to get working asap. He got the job at McDonalds within 10 days of never having set foot in the UK before. Fair play to him!

The idea was for his earnings to count towards the onward affordability of the rent near the end of the 6 month tenancy - just in case his wife hadn't taken the exam by then. I was planning to issue a new tenancy to both of them hence asking to see his work contract.

It turns out that the nurse tenant passed her exam in December and the referencing returned today shows that she just scrapes past affordability on her own. Phew!

Other than that, she's an excellent tenant who can stay on and start paying monthly rent from May. She'll need to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain before her visa runs out in 2.5 years' time.

I'm really pleased for her - and I'll be pleased for her husband when he gets work with a company that works to British employment standards.

Thanks again for the responses.


Judith Wordsworth

7:56 AM, 1st April 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Karen Dodd at 31/03/2023 - 00:09
You do realise that the buck stops with you and not your letting agent for breaches of statutory overcrowding and possibly having an unlicensed HMO

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