Addison Lee will hire 1,000 new drivers

Addison Lee has said it will hire 1,000 new drivers amid the growing demand for services.

Between August and September the taxi group said it saw journeys increase by 40% and it expects this to keep growing over the holiday season.

The company said it will provide a package where new drivers will have £5,000 in their first month as well as holiday pay.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have put drivers first, and as London recovers, we’re delighted to be able to grow the driver community with market-leading rates of pay and benefits,” said chief executive Liam Griffin.

“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.”