Deliveroo is set to hire 15,000 new riders over the next three months as new partnerships with retailers and restaurants “soar”.
The rapid delivery giant, which is now partly owned by Amazon, will have doubled the number of drivers it employs from 25,000 to 50,000 in 2020, and is currently onboarding a record 2000 riders per week.
According to Deliveroo its latest recruitment frenzy comes after it signed up with 16 new on-demand grocery partners this year, including Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and Co-op, while adding 11,500 new UK restaurants to its roster.
Since the start of the pandemic, Deliveroo has already hired and additional 15,000 riders, marking a 286 per cent year-on-year increase.
To “show appreciation” to its riders Deliveroo is introducing 800 free online training courses for all riders and their families during the pandemic, alongside 51 fully funded junior-degree level scholarships for eligible riders and their families.
“Riders are heroes and we are so proud of the vital role that they are carrying out in their local communities during the pandemic,” Deliveroo’s chief executive Will Shu said.
“It is fantastic that we can now recruit even more riders and will create a record 15,000 new opportunities by the end of the year. With a record number of riders and restaurant partners on the platform, we can now reach even more amazing customers across the UK, delivering the food that people need and want.”