Just Eat has announced that it will hire 700 couriers during lockdown, as people are expected to order online more often in the period ahead.
The recruitment is part of a wider Just Eat plan to support the distressed restaurant sector, allowing owners to deliver their food to more people in more areas.
Just Eat announced that this growing fleet will service extra areas in some key urban locations where independent restaurants have been most impacted by the latest set of restrictions.
In addition, all restaurants that sign up to the platform in the next two weeks will enjoy a period of waived commission for their first 30 days on the platform.
“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, but few have been hit harder than our partners in the restaurant sector, with these latest restrictions bringing huge uncertainty and worry for so many local independent business owners right across Ireland,” said Amanda Roche-Kelly, Just Eat Ireland Managing Director.
“As the market leader in the food delivery sector, we are committed to supporting our partners in the sector through the crisis which is why we are launching this additional package of support measures.
“For those restaurants who haven’t previously offered a delivery option, or are new to the Just Eat platform, we’re delighted to be in a position to help them get online and remain trading while their sit-in or outdoor dining options remain closed.”
Commenting specifically on the plan to recruit 700 couriers Ms Roche-Kelly said they are delighted to be in a position to build our courier network at a time when many people have had to temporarily or permanently leave their jobs.
“We anticipate increased demand during the lockdown period and want to ramp up in order to ensure that we capture all those orders on behalf of our restaurant partners.
“With the additional fleet we can service more restaurants in more areas – reaching more hungry consumers.
“Anyone who is keen to join the Just Eat courier network as an independent contractor is encouraged to apply at https://couriers.just-eat.ie/application. We look forward to hearing from them.”