Domino’s Pizza have stated that the company are looking to recruit 5,000 new staff members after workers who filled previous vacancies return to other jobs.
This comes after the company hired over 6,000 workers over the last year – most of whom had other jobs including recruits who were event managers, hairdressers and taxi drivers until COVID-19 restrictions prohibited them from carrying out their usual roles.
This increase in staff was mostly driven by the need for delivery drivers at the start of the pandemic.
However, the company stated they are now facing worker shortages once again as staff hired during the pandemic return back to their normal roles, leading them to aim to recruit 5,000 new workers.
This also includes offering 1,400 work placement schemes for young people as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. This will allow recruits to gain experience within the industry as well as the chance to apply for a permanent role at the end of a six month stint.
This development is not an isolated one – with UK Hospitality announcing a shortfall of 188,000 workers across the sector, with a particular shortage of front-of-house staff and chefs.
This has also been confirmed by recent Home Office statistics which showed that the number of EU nationals working in the UK – many of whom are employed in the hospitality sector – has fallen by almost half a million over the past year.
Michael Kill, Chief Executive of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), reiterated that Brexit had an impact on staff shortages. However, Mr. Kill also explained that a “furlough hangover” could mean many people “have now got other jobs to keep themselves going and are not coming back”.
Operations Director at Domino’s, Nicola Frampton, said:
I’m proud we were able to play a part by offering people the opportunity to continue working and earning when times were tough.
We were privileged to be able to keep our doors open during the last 18 months, supporting the nation to stay safe at home during lockdown. Throughout our recruitment drive last year, we were overwhelmed by the response from people of all walks of life.
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.