Deliveroo to create work for 250 new riders

Company now works with 861 riders in Ireland, which is up 33% in the last 12 months

Deliveroo is to create work for 250 new riders to service "growing demand" in Dublin, Belfast and Cork.

The company said rider recruitment days will take place in the coming weeks, while the development would "build on recent rapid growth" across Ireland in the past year.

Deliveroo now works with 861 riders in Ireland, which is up 33 per cent in the last 12 months, although riders are not staff members and work as self-employed contractors.

The firm now partners with 567 restaurants across Ireland, which represents a 54 per cent increase in the last 12 months.

Accounts recently filed for Deliveroo Ireland show sales of €2.9 million last year, which comprised the fees generated for the company for the use of its platform. It does not include users’ spend on food, which goes directly to the restaurants.

The company launched in Dublin in 2015 and has since then expanded rapidly across Cork, Galway, Belfast and Limerick. "This growth is driven by the well paid, flexible work Deliveroo offers," said the company.

In a survey of riders conducted by the company, 80 per cent said flexibility was the benefit of riding with Deliveroo they valued the most. Seven out of ten commended the new fee per delivery arrangement, citing better flexibility.

Half of riders choose to work with Deliveroo as a sideline to another main job, while overall rider satisfaction was high, with 84 per cent stating they were happy or very happy to work with the company.

Deliveroo Ireland general manager Liam Keenan said riders were "the lifeblood" of the business.

“It’s great to be in a position to grow our community today with a call out for new riders to come work with our business,” he said.

“Our rider survey is important because it provides us with a greater understanding of what our riders consider most important to them and what makes them love riding with us.

“Ireland is a major success story for Deliveroo and we’re excited by this market and its huge potential. We first launched in Dublin in 2015 and since then we’ve grown at pace to expand to other cities including Cork, Galway and Limerick.

“We will continue to invest in this important and exciting market, and look forward to further growth in the future, delivering world class food to people’s doorsteps.”

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter