Just Eat ‘still working on’ employee status for delivery drivers amid bleak business outlook

Just Eat has said that amid restructuring and job cuts at the company there is still no timeline to make its delivery couriers in Ireland employees.

The food delivery company’s parent company, Just Eat Takeaway, said in 2020 that it would switch its couriers to work contracts, as opposed to the self-employed contractor model common among its competitors.

Ireland was one of the few markets in Europe where this change was not implemented.

“Just Eat is currently still working with contractors,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

The company has “no timeline available” for changes, she added.

Disruptions in other markets may still affect these plans.

Last week the company confirmed it was reducing its operations in France with hundreds of jobs, including delivery drivers, to be eliminated.

Le Monde reported that this plan sees a return to self-employed drivers in some cities.

“The strategic restructuring will consist of layoffs of employees in the Paris office and changes in the operation of our delivery business,” the company said.

The spokeswoman said the observed job cuts would have no impact on Ireland.

Late last year, Just Eat announced it would be creating 160 jobs at its new Dublin offices, mostly in sales and customer service.

“That’s still the case with the 160 jobs. Many of these positions have already been filled by our new Customer Services team, based out of the Dublin office on Shelbourne Road,” she said.

The issue of the employment status of delivery drivers working for Just Eat and competitors like Uber Eats and Deliveroo is coming back into the limelight.

The EU is preparing the Platform Work Directive, which will enshrine greater rights and benefits for workers in the gig economy and set stricter thresholds for who should or should not be considered an employee of a company.

Negotiations on the directive are ongoing.

In its Q1 2022 trading update, Just Eat Takeaway reported a 1 percent year-over-year decrease in order volume.

This marked a reversal of rising volumes during the peak of the pandemic.

Rival Deliveroo, the British company that operates in Ireland, lowered its forecasts for the year, citing “the impact of mounting consumer headwinds”.

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