The promise is meant to tempt 1,000 new drivers to the company as Addison Lee looks to respond to a surge in demand since London’s reopening. Bookings jumped 40% between August and September and the company expects demand to continue to increase into the Christmas season.
“We’re delighted to be able to grow the driver community with market-leading rates of pay and benefits,” CEO Liam Griffin said.
“It’s encouraging to see London reopening and the city coming back to life. Drivers will have a huge role to play in helping people getting around the city as safely and reliably as possible. Our latest recruitment drive is designed to ensure we continue to support existing drivers and meet future demand.”
Addison Lee currently has 4,000 drivers on the road. The company has pledged to go all electric by 2023.
The hiring push adds to the growing demand for workers across the economy. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation said on Friday there were over 2 million open job postings across the UK as businesses struggle to fill roles. The most in demand jobs in London are retail and sales assistants, followed by cleaners and receptionists.
Companies have been throwing money at the most in-demand roles in a bid to attract staff in a tight jobs market. HGV lorry drivers have been their average pay double in some places and the likes of Amazon and Tesco have begun offering £1,000 signing on bonuses in some roles.
British Airways is joining the national hiring spree. The airline is said to be recruiting 3,000 extra cabin crew as it prepares for international travel to return to more normal levels from next year. A US travel ban on Europe, which has hit BA hard, is set to lift next month.