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Pizza Express Creating 1,000 New Jobs With Restaurant Reopenings

27 Apr 2021

Pizza Express Creating 1,000 New Jobs With Restaurant Reopenings

Pizza Express has announced plans to create 1,000 new full or part time jobs as the food chain starts to reopen more of its restaurants from next month.

After a punishing year due to the pandemic, Pizza Express is now hoping to regain a slice of the action as it starts to welcome more and more diners back to its outlets in the next few weeks.

And, in good news for young people, Pizza Express has confirmed that 3 in 10 of the new jobs will be allocated to job seekers via the UK government’s Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart scheme aims to put young people aged 16-24 who have been claiming Universal Credit, back into work with at least a six month placement.

If successful, Kickstart recruits can potentially convert to an apprenticeship after their placement is completed.

In real terms, it means that at least 300 of the 1,000 new vacancies at Pizza Express should be allocated to UK youngsters under the age of 25.

Pizza Express has already reopened more than 100 restaurants since COVID-19 restrictions started to ease from 12th April and the chain is now hopeful that thousands more customers will return to their eateries during May and June.

Launching the recruitment drive for new staff, Zoe Bowley, the managing director of Pizza Express, said: “We're expecting millions of people to flock back to restaurants as restrictions are eased, so we are delighted to be in a position to be able to recruit a thousand new team members to help us serve customers at Pizza Express.”

"Our restaurants have been the beating heart of our local communities and neighbourhoods for decades. As well as helping locals to get together with friends and family, we support 360 local economies across the UK as an employer for anyone looking for a fun, flexible and rewarding career.”

“Our pizzerias are a great place to work, and our teams love welcoming new colleagues. After all the challenges and uncertainties of the last year, we're very excited to be open and recruiting again,” added Ms Bowley.

You can find out more about working at the chain by visiting our company profile for Pizza Express or heading over to the chain’s own careers pages.

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