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Yum China named employer of choice in mainland China

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 Fast-food restaurant company Yum China has been recognised as a top employer for 2020 in mainland China by the Top Employers Institute for the second year running.

Shanghai-headquartered Yum China is the exclusive licensee of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell on the mainland and has a workforce in China of more than 450,000.

“In the digital era, to respond to the fast-changing environment, every company must stay agile with a well-structured talent strategy that empowers employees,” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China.

“As a leader in the restaurant industry, we must not only create an environment grounded on our people philosophy, but also foster a mindset and the capabilities to drive breakthroughs,” added Wat.

The Top Employers Institute certification covers more than 100 issues across a range of specific HR practices covering talent strategy, workforce planning, talent acquisition, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation & benefits, and culture.

“With the rise of digitisation and artificial intelligence, the ability to innovate will have to become a fundamental skill of every employee. We have always encouraged our employees to stay committed to constant disruptive innovation and self-development for future employability,” said Aiken Yuen, chief people officer at Yum China.

According to a company statement, Yum China seeks to attract, retain and developed talent through initiatives such as the Yum China Leadership Development programme, KFC Business School, Pizza Hut School of Management, mini-MBA programmes and the Restaurant General Manager Family Care programme.

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