Domino’s UK & Ireland will be hiring an additional 5,000 staff following a surge in demand during the coronavirus crisis.

Having seen a strong half year performance – with like for like sales up 4.8% first the half year to 28 June 2020 – the group has said its ability to remain open during lockdown has meant more people are now able to join the business to see it through its often busy festive period.

The new jobs, which will include pizza chef’s, customer service workers and delivery driver positions, are on top of the 6,000 job’s the business is said to have already created during the crisis, as its franchisees continued to open more outlets.

The group will also create 1,000 apprenticeships under the government’s new £2bn Kickstart scheme, aimed at giving disadvantaged young people start a career post-pandemic.

“It was a privilege to keep our stores open during Covid-19 and to now be in a position to offer thousands more people the opportunity to become a Domino’s team member,” said CEO Dominic Paul.

“We’re also delighted to have applied to support the Government’s Kickstart scheme, offering young people the chance to get back into work and to build lifelong skills through our training programmes.

“Together, these over 6,000 new roles will help Domino’s continue to safely serve our local communities as we head towards the busy festive period.”