A slump in demand is forcing the food delivery industry, including Just Eat Takeaway, to lay off as many as 1,700 delivery drivers.
According to reports, staff members were told of the decision earlier today, and up to 170 members of the operations staff may potentially be impacted. Workers who are laid off reportedly receive six weeks of paid notice. In order to reduce expenses, the change will involve hiring more independent contractors or “gig” employees.
As part of its continued effort to increase efficiency, Just Eat UK is restructuring and streamlining its delivery business, according to a spokesman. We have proposed, as part of this process, moving away from the worker model for couriers, which now makes up a relatively small portion of our overall delivery operations, which are currently operating in selected areas of six UK cities. The service offered to partners and customers won’t be affected.
“At this time, helping impacted employees and couriers is our top concern. We are incredibly appreciative of our exceptional coworkers and couriers who contributed to the worker model in the UK.