Domino’s Pizza Group is planning to hire 8,000 delivery drivers in the UK and Ireland despite what it described as a “challenging” labour market as businesses across the country struggle to find workers.

More than half of the jobs will be permanent as it seeks to continue to meet growing demand as well as temporary workers for the seasonal Christmas rush.

Dominic Paul, Domino’s chief executive, said the pizza company’s supply chain had coped well “despite the well-publicised inflationary pressures and challenging labour market”.

“While we see these pressures continuing into 2022, our success in managing them to date provides us with confidence that our growth momentum will be sustained.”