Deliveroo ends year on high with 25,000 UK riders

Deliveroo has today announced that it now works with 25,000 riders across the UK, creating well paid-flexible work for people from all walks of life.

This is an increase of 10,000 from the start of 2018. The increase in riders has been driven by expansion into new parts of the UK and by growth in orders in existing Deliveroo zones.

Recent research for Deliveroo has shown that the gig-economy is set to grow to over five million people by 2022.

The announcement comes after a year in which Deliveroo has rolled out a number of initiatives to support riders, the community and Deliveroo’s restaurants partners.

In 2018 Deliveroo has:
• Announced the first, free, global insurance package for on-demand workers protecting riders and their earnings
• Helped drastically reduce the amount of plastic in its supply chain by being the first UK food delivery company to make plastic cutlery ‘opt-in’
• Provided Red Cross first-aid training to over 1,500 UK riders ensuring they are able to respond to an emergency
• Hosted the company’s first ever restaurant conference with keynote speaker the environment Secretary Michael Gove MP
• Rolled out an Education programme giving riders in the UK and France access to free online education courses and rider scholarships
• Hosted community initiatives such as a kitchen staffed by a refugees in its delivery-only super kitchens, Deliveroo Edition
• Partnered with the Missing People charity to display missing posters on rider backpacks, which has already resulted in some people being requinted with their loved ones.
• Helped our communities look after local nature spots by organising beach clean-ups with Keep Britain Tidy.

The company will seek to build on these achievements in 2019 as Deliveroo continues to grow and expand on its journey to become the definitive food company.

Deliveroo riders on average earn over £10 per hour across the UK, well above the National Living Wage, and riders in UK work fewer than 16 hours on average. Half of riders are students and 40% have caring responsibilities.

Dan Warne, UK Managing Director, said, “Deliveroo is proud to be creating well-paid work for our amazing riders up and down the UK. This new way of working is extremely popular because of the freedom riders have to choose when and where to work.

'Deliveroo riders have done some amazing things in 2018 and the company will continue to seek to match their hard work and community spirit in 2019.”