DELIVEROO is planning to recruit new riders in Lancashire towns where it is set to launch next month.

The riders will be recruited in Chorley and Skelmersdale and will work delivering food from restaurants and grocery shops.

This comes after the company's announcement this week that it is launching in Burnley and looking to recruit up to 50 riders there.

Deliveroo UK regional director Harrison Foster said: “We’ve seen a huge demand for Deliveroo in Chorley and Skelmersdale and we’re excited to be launching next month.

"We’re really excited to be creating new work opportunities for local people.

“The team is looking for people with passion, drive and who want to deliver great customer service, who are seeking the added benefit of flexible work, amongst other perks.

"Anyone who's interested should head over to our website to sign up.”

The company has seen demand soar this year due to the pandemic restricting people's movements and opportunities to eat out and the company now works with 50,000 riders across the UK

However, critics of the company have said that arrangements by which riders are officially classified as 'self-employed' rather than employees of the company has left them unprotected by normal pay and conditions regulations.

As a result, a report in March this year by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that of a sample of 300 Deliveroo drivers, drawn from 50,000 testimonies collected by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, a third made less than the national minimum wage of £8.72.

This came to a head in on April 7 this year when riders launched a day of strike action in an effort to win recognition as employees, as has recently been the case with drivers working for taxi firm Uber.

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Deliveroo riders demonstrating in London on April 7

IWGB president Alex Marshall said: “Deliveroo presents a false choice between flexibility and basic rights but the Uber ruling showed that, here as well as abroad, workers can have both.”

Despite this, the company has insisted that only a minority of riders took part in the action and that most are content with their conditions.

Meanwhile an internal report released by the Deliveroo shows that 89 per cent of riders, out of a survey of 8,500 were satisfied.

A company spokesperson said: “Riders are at the heart of our business and today we are beginning a new consultation with riders about how we should invest our new £50 million community fund.”

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