Just Eat is recruiting 700 additional couriers, to meet growing consumer demand for takeaway food arising from the additional Level 5 restrictions.

The additional delivery workers will service expanded delivery areas in urban locations.

"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," said Amanda Roche-Kelly, Just-Eat Ireland's Managing Director.

"With the additional fleet we can service more restaurants in more areas  reaching more hungry consumers," she added.

The company said the move is one a package of measures it is putting in place to assist the restaurant sector and ensure customers are served over the next few weeks.

In order to encourage new businesses to sign up to the service, all restaurants that do so in the next fortnight will get a commission waiver for their first 30 days on the platform. 

It has also 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.

"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," said Ms Roche-Kelly.

"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."
 
In Ireland, Just Eat works with over 2,700 takeaway restaurants online.