Domino’s Pizza Group today announced it has sold off its Icelandic arm and said it is looking to hire 5,000 people in the UK after lockdown recruits returned to their old jobs.
Domino's, which is focusing on expanding its core UK and Ireland business after seeing sales soar across its 1,100 stores during the pandemic, completed the anticipated sale over the Bank Holiday.
The UK arm of the pizza giant saw like-for-like sales up 11% in 2020 and recently revealed plans to create 7,000 new jobs and open 200 stores.
On Tuesday bosses said they are actively recruiting for pizza chefs and delivery drivers after thousands of hairdressers, students and taxi drivers who took up roles at the chain while their sectors were shuttered abandoned them in favour of their old jobs.
Domino's operations director, 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.
“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.”
The business also said it will create more than 1,400 work placements as part of a Government initiative in England, Scotland and Wales.
The first work experience participants will start this month and will be able to apply for permanent roles once their six-month placements have ended.
It comes amid a widespread staff shortage in the hospitality sector. A combination of Brexit and Covid has seen many young workers return to their home countries, and businesses large and small are struggling to find staff. Restaurateurs and pubco chiefs have told the Standard the shortage is particularly acute in back-of-house roles.
Shares were up 0.8%, or 3p, to 368p, on Tuesday morning.