Pizza giant Domino's has said it plans to hire more than 8,000 drivers across the UK and Ireland as part of preparations for the busy Christmas period, Press Association has reported.

The company recently updated its shareholder on trading over the past three months, saying it sold seven pizzas each minute and online orders peaked to 13 per second as England played Ukraine in the 2020 Euros.

Sales were up 8.8% on a like-for-like basis to £375.8 million.

A majority of the vacancies available are permanent positions.

Bosses said they remain on target to open 30 new stores this year, having opened five in the three months to September 26.

However, Domino's has also been hit by supply chain issues and have warned that this and rising staff wages are beginning to impact the business.

The company sad: “We have seen some impact from the well-publicised pressures on labour availability and food cost inflation, which we expect to extend into next year, but continue to take proactive, preventative measures to ensure our world-class supply chain service levels are maintained and that cost increases are constrained.”

The recruitment drive is being launched in anticipation of continued demand for the rest of the year.

Nicola Frampton, operations director for Domino’s Pizza Group, said: “While 2021 has been a busy year for us so far, we still have our busiest period just around the corner.

“Our delivery drivers are vital to the service we provide our customers and the success of our business, so we’re really keen to hear from those wanting to join the Domino’s team.

“With the majority of vacancies currently available being permanent, this is a great time to join.

“There are roles to suit everyone – whether you’re looking for a few extra hours or a completely new career path.

“In return we offer competitive pay and the chance to be part of a winning team.”

Find out more about jobs with Domino's here.