Deliveroo is to create 250 high-skilled tech jobs in London this year, the food delivery company said on Monday.
The company said it will continue to invest and expand in the UK as it revealed growth in order volumes was higher in the past 12 months compared to the previous year. Deliveroo plans to hire data scientists, software engineers, product designers and managers, as well as specialists in cyber security. The new hires will take the number of Deliveroo’s full-time staff to more than 2,000, with the majority based in Britain.
The London-based company said it now works with more than 35,000 partner restaurants around the world and has more than 30,000 riders. Deliveroo CEO and co-founder Will Shu said: “I founded Deliveroo in the UK, and five years on we are building the most exciting technology team anywhere in Europe. “These highly skilled new hires will join the incredible team building the technology that motors Deliveroo. This technology is constantly improving, to allow riders to work more efficiently, to allow restaurants to increase their revenues further, and to bring more choice and an ever better experience to our customers.”
The jobs creation comes after a union applied last week for a judicial review of a ruling that Deliveroo couriers are not workers. A decision made in November by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) meant Deliveroo riders are not entitled to holiday pay, the national living wage or collective bargaining rights. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, which represents gig economy workers, said that it had applied to the High Court for permission to have the ruling reviewed on the grounds that the CAC incorrectly interpreted the law. A spokesperson for Deliveroo said the company was “committed to defending the creation of well-paid flexible work our riders want and enjoy”.