Domino’s Pizza in UK is hiring 5,000 cooks and delivery drivers, as employees who joined during the pandemic returns to old roles.
The fast-food chain said it had recruited thousands of workers in the last year to keep up with demand, including event mangers, taxi drivers and hairdressers, unable to carry out their work due to lockdowns.
It comes days after reports that hospitality venues are now struggling to fill thousands of vacancies.
Domino’s operations director Nicola Frampton said the group was “overwhelmed” by the response of applicants last year.
In March 2020, the chain created 6,000 additional roles due to an increased need for delivery drivers during the first Covid lockdown.
“I’m proud we were able to play a part by offering people the opportunity to continue working and earning when times were tough,” she said.
“But as people start to reunite, customer demand is showing no signs of slowing and so we’re now looking for 5,000 new recruits.”
Kickstart recruits receive on the job training and can apply for permanent roles at the end of a six-month placement.
Last week, UK Hospitality said there was a shortfall of about 188,000 workers, with the shortage of front-of-house staff and chefs being “particularly acute”.
Many staff have been laid off over last 14 months, as venues struggled to survive through lockdowns, despite various government support schemes.
The industry group said many overseas workers returned home last year and have not returned due to travel restrictions.