On-demand food company Deliveroo has announced that more than 5,000 people have chosen to work with the firm as riders since it began operating in Ireland in 2015.
There are currently 1,000 riders working with Deliveroo on a regular basis in Ireland.
According to Deliveroo, last year almost a third of its riders took a month off between deliveries, which the company says highlights how riders can set their own schedules and do not have shift patterns like in traditional employment.
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Deliveroo said that the majority of riders in Ireland work fewer than 15 hours per week and over 70% of riders have additional work commitments, primarily office work and working in hospitality.
Deliveroo country manager for Ireland Michael Healy stated, "We're very pleased to have worked with our 5,000th rider since establishing in Ireland. This shows just how popular both our company and flexible working have become in Ireland. Deliveroo riders treat riding differently to traditional work, enjoying being in control of their own schedule and often using it to complement other forms of work.
"Deliveroo has called for employment legislation in Ireland to be updated so companies such as ours can provide self-employed riders benefits directly without this impacting their self-employed status. At Deliveroo, we think that contractors deserve more security and benefits irrespective of their employment status, but this shouldn't come at the expense of the freedom to choose when and where to work, which riders tell us they value above all else."
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