Just Eat is recruiting 700 additional couriers to meet growing consumer demand for takeaway food in urban areas fuelled by Level 5 restrictions.
Employing extra delivery workers is just one of several measures the company is putting in place to support the restaurant sector during lockdown.
Eateries which sign up to the service within the next week will get a commission waiver for their first 30 days on the digital platform.
Amanda Roche-Kelly, Just Eat Ireland’s managing director, said: “We anticipate increased demand during the lockdown period and want to ramp up in order to ensure that we capture all those orders on behalf of our restaurant partners.
“With the additional fleet we can service more restaurants in more areas, reaching more hungry consumers.”
Just Eat has committed to extend the 14-day Courier Relief Payment for those who may become ill or need to self-isolate as a result of the virus, equivalent to two-thirds of a courier’s average weekly earnings from the past six weeks.
However, couriers must have delivered a minimum of 20 orders per week across the previous six weeks to qualify
Just Eat says it has already delivered supports worth €1m to the sector over the summer period.
Ms Roche-Kelly revealed: “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, but few have been hit harder than our partners in the restaurant sector, with these latest restrictions bringing huge uncertainty and worry for so many local independent business owners right across Ireland.
“As the market leader in the food delivery sector, we are committed to supporting our partners in the sector through the crisis which is why we are launching this additional package of support measures.”
Just Eat works with over 2,700 takeaway restaurants online across Ireland employing thousands of couriers. Ms Roche-Kelly said: “We are delighted to be in a position to build our courier network at a time when many people have had to temporarily or permanently leave their jobs.
“We anticipate increased demand during the lockdown period and want to ramp up in order to ensure that we capture all those orders on behalf of our restaurant partners. With the additional fleet we can service more restaurants in more areas – reaching more hungry consumers.”
You can apply to join the Just Eat courier network as an independent contractor at https://couriers.just-eat.ie/application.