Boosted by a strong performance throughout the pandemic, Domino’s Pizza is launching a major recruitment drive, looking to fill more than 6,000 vacancies in the coming months.
The announcement comes as the latest Office for National Statistics employment data shows that the number of employees on payrolls in the UK has dropped by around 695,000 between March and August.
What kind of jobs?
Domino’s says that around 1,000 of its new jobs will be six month apprenticeships for young people, funnelled through the government’s kickstarter scheme. “Ambitious individuals” will potentially receive job offers following their placement.
A Domino’s executive said these apprentices will be able to complete e-learning modules on "employability skills", including teamwork and timekeeping, and their earnings will be “in line” with current levels.
As well as apprenticeships, the company is also looking to take on delivery drivers, pizza chefs and customer service staff.
While a majority of these positions will be entry level, Domino’s has stressed that 80 per cent of its current store managers started out as delivery drivers or chefs, and they hope to see this trend continue. The 6,000 new jobs are in addition to the 6,000 jobs Domino’s claims to have created since the Covid-19 crisis began.
What about other companies?
Unlike some competitors (such as Pizza Hut, which last week announced a raft of job losses) Domino’s is in a position to bring in a significant number of staff in a variety of roles, in order to keep up with demand.
Where many competitors in the restaurant and food sector were forced to close most of their locations throughout the pandemic, Domino’s has been able to capitalise on the increased need for home deliveries.
Companies such as Amazon, DPD and Tesco are also hiring large numbers of workers, but these will likely not outweigh the job losses seen elsewhere across the retail and hospitality industries.
Trade bodies like the Centre for Retail Research and UK Hospitality have signalled that 125,000 jobs have been lost in the shopping sector already, and more than 450,000 workers in pubs and hospitality could lose their jobs when the furlough scheme comes to an end next month.