Digital delivery company Just Eat has announced plans to create 1000 new job roles as part of its new agency worker model for couriers in the UK.
The plan which is set to be rolled in March 2021 will see all people contracted to work for the service entitled to hourly pay, minimum/living wage and pension contributions.
In addition certain statutory benefits including, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay and parental leave are also set to be included in workers contracts.
The company also confirmed that the roles will be a mixture of full-time, part-time, and zero hours and all agency workers will benefit from training and “covered by the relevant insurance”.
Just Eat has been one of a few businesses in the UK to see a surge in growth during the pandemic. In October the company revealed its sales grew 46% during the third quarter of 2020, which was likely due its partnering with McDonald’s and Greggs.
Andrew Kenny, Just Eat UK MD, said: “As the market leader in online food delivery, we believe it is our responsibility to offer couriers a wide range of working options and benefits.
“From our experience in other European markets, we know many couriers value the benefits and protections our new model offers and with the use of electric vehicles, this launch will also help us build a sustainable future for food delivery in the UK.”
He added: “This is an important step forward for us which will support Just Eat’s strong growth, enabling us to bring the very best service and value to our customers and restaurant partners.”