Pizza Express will launch a campaign to recruit 1,000 new staff members upon the reopening of its pizzerias in May and June.
Some 300 of the jobs will be offered as a part of the government’s kickstart initiative, as the group aims to support the industry’s post-pandemic recovery.
While 118 of the group’s restaurants have already opened for al fresco dining on 12 April, all 360 Pizza Express sites across the UK will reopen for indoor trading in May in line with local government guidance.
Zoe Bowley, managing director at the company, said: “As well as helping locals to get together with friends and family, we support 360 local economies across the UK as an employer for anyone looking for a fun, flexible and rewarding career.
“Our pizzerias are a great place to work, and our teams love welcoming new colleagues. After all the challenges and uncertainties of the last year, we’re very excited to be open and recruiting again.”
The firm also announced that it expects customer numbers to spike as social distancing measures are further eased on 21 June.
Bowley added that the company is “delighted to be in a position to be able to recruit a thousand new team members” to serve the “millions of people” it expects to return to restaurants as restrictions are eased.