All of this means more work for his runners – and now he’s said to be looking for thousands and thousands more people to get involved – in addition to the 15,000 recruited since the start of the pandemic.
Will Shu, Managing Director of Deliveroo, said: “Horse riders are heroes and we are very proud of the vital role they are playing in their local communities during the pandemic.
“It’s fantastic to be able to recruit even more riders and create a record 15,000 new opportunities by the end of the year.
“With a record number of riders and catering partners on the platform, we can now reach even more amazing customers across the UK, providing the food people need and want.
The delivery company said its customers earn well above the national minimum wage on average and that it will only work with new passengers in areas of the country where customer demand is sufficient to ensure that income levels remain high.
Deliveroo runners are also self-employed, which allows them to choose which shifts to take and adapt them to anything from job interviews to other jobs or even conferences if you are currently a student.
This year, Deliveroo has partnered with Aldi, Co-Op, Waitrose and M&S to enable them to bring food to people’s doors.
Partnerships with Co-Op and Morrisons have also been extended in recent months.
Then, new national chains signed or extended agreements, from Threshers to Nando’s and Pret.
Deliveroo is far from the only one looking for new staff to get food to people’s doors.
Domino’s Pizza said it was creating more than 6,000 jobs – including pizza chefs, customer service workers and delivery drivers – with 1,000 apprenticeship positions under the government’s new Kickstart program.
Icleand is also looking for 3,000 new hires to address increased demand for online groceries since the lockdown.
Co-Op, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and others have also recruited big drivers and in-store pickers recently, as grocery retailers realize the increase in demand for deliveries during the lockdown will not go away anytime soon .