The UK food delivery company is the most recent tech company to broaden its reach in London with plans to recruit over 300 “high-skilled, high-tech” new employees.
According to a Deliveroo report the company enjoyed a 650% increase in takeaway orders in 2016. However as the company expands its numbers of office based staff it will be under potential scrutiny in terms of freelance delivery riders workers’ rights – which will have to be addressed. A number of Deliveroo couriers have pulled together to lobby for union recognition – a move which follows a recent case involving two drivers with Uber taxi-hailing winning a case (at tribunal) in which they defined themselves as workers and not contractors.
The company was founded in the UK four years ago and employs in excess of 1,000 full time workers based on 20,000 restaurants across 130 cities globally. Founder and Chief
Executive, Will Shu, explains:
“London is where I founded this company and it’s from our headquarters here that we export our British-born technology around the world.” said founder and chief executive Will Shu.
Deliveroo, who works in a market place alongside competitors such as Uber, Amazon and JustEat, has consistently reported “rapid” growth in the UK and internationally.
The company has refused to offer a break-down of its sales figures, despite recent accounts revealing a £18.1m loss in 2015.
The recruitment drive incorporates areas of the company to include software engineering and algorithm development.
The news follows an announcement by Snap – of its newly established office in London.
In November 2016, Facebook reported plans to recruit 500 further employees in the capital and Google committed to plans to open a new headquarters in the popular business location – which promises to create 3,000 new jobs by 2020.
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