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Domino’s seeks 8,000 drivers before Christmas rush


Domino’s Pizza says it intends to hire more than 8,000 drivers in the UK and Ireland in the run-up to Christmas.

To keep up with demand, the fast-food chain has already hired thousands of people in the last year or so.

The latest move comes as the UK economy continues to suffer from a nationwide shortage of goods vehicle drivers.

Domino’s said it provided good long-term prospects because more than 90% of store managers began in the kitchen or as delivery drivers.

It also emphasised that the majority of the jobs available were long-term and not just for the holidays.

According to an analysis by job site Indeed, it may still struggle to find the workers it requires.

At the start of this month, the share of job seekers searching for seasonal positions was 27 percent lower than in the same period last year and 33 percent lower than in 2018.

In June, Domino’s said it was hiring 5,000 cooks and delivery drivers, as staff who joined during the pandemic headed back to former roles after Covid restrictions eased.

Sales surge

Domino’s operations director Nicola Frampton stated that while 2021 has been a busy year for the company thus far, the busiest period is “just around the corner.”

“Our delivery drivers are critical to the service we provide our customers as well as the success of our business, so we’re eager to hear from those interested in joining.”

At the same time, Domino’s reported that sales were up 8.8 percent on a like-for-like basis to £375.8 million in the 13 weeks ending September 26.

Store orders increased 40.3 percent and are now at 82 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

The retailer said it was still on track to open 30 new stores this year, after opening five in the most recent trading period.

During the 13-week period, the company said it sold seven pizzas every second, with online orders peaking at 13 per second on July 3 during England’s Euro 2020 football match against Ukraine.

However, it also warned that supply chain issues and rising employee wages were beginning to have an impact.

“We have seen some impact from the well-publicized pressures on labour availability and food cost inflation, which we expect to continue into next year, but we will continue to take proactive, preventative measures to ensure our world-class supply chain service levels are maintained and cost increases are limited.”

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