Deliveroo has commissioned a study which estimates delivery platforms protected 100,000 jobs in the restaurant sector during the height of the pandemic.

The report by Capital Economics, ‘The Value of Delivery Services’, surveyed Deliveroo’s restaurant partners and found delivery platforms protected the jobs from being made redundant or furloughed between April and June.

Deliveroo said the findings highlighted how important platforms such as theirs could be for the sector to maintain trading activity amid increasing restrictions.

The report also finds that delivery services supported turnover of £1 billion for Deliveroo’s restaurant partners during this period.

The survey shows Deliveroo’s partners used the furlough scheme at a lower rate than the hospitality sector as a whole (33% versus 73% respectively).

On average, 32% of employees in Deliveroo’s partner restaurants said they continued to work because of delivery services, which is close to the 40% that continued to work because of government schemes.

The Capital Economics report states: “Delivery services have helped to keep parts of the hospitality sector operating in a challenging environment and the cost to government would have been even higher without them. They have helped to keep more people at work in the hospitality sector which has been one of the hardest hit sectors from lockdown restrictions and changes in peoples’ behaviour.”