Pizza delivery giant Domino's has today unveiled plans to create 8,000 new jobs in its UK and Ireland business division after a strong pandemic performance.

It said it plans to hire drivers across the UK as part of preparations for the busy Christmas period.

More jobs are also expected at its Irish operations, which currently has a workforce of over 2,000 in 85 outlets nationwide.

The group said today that it had thrived despite the ongoing supply chain crunch, high inflation and a challenging labour market.

Domino's noted, however, that supply chain issues and rising wages were starting to impact the business, adding that labour availability and food cost pressures were set to extend into next year.

"While we see these pressures continuing into 2022, our success in managing them to date provides us with confidence that our growth momentum will be sustained," said chief executive Dominic Paul.

"We're proud to be creating new jobs to support that growth and today are announcing that we are recruiting 8,000 new colleagues across the UK and Ireland," he added.

The division's sales boomed by almost 10% in the 13 weeks to the end of September to £375.8m (€442m), compared with the same time last year.

"We have built on our strong performance through the pandemic as restrictions have been lifted, with our collections business continuing its recovery and our total order count growing in a profitable and sustainable way," added Paul.

Food delivery companies, including app-based Deliveroo and Uber Eats, enjoyed soaring sales during the pandemic as lockdowns triggered surging demand.

In May, Domino's Pizza said it planned to create 350 jobs across the country, including new management positions, team members and delivery drivers.

The company has 85 Irish stores.