Papa John’s Makes Another Push to Hire 20,000 New Workers

  • In its latest push to boost its workforce, Papa John’s said applicants can expect to be interviewed and potentially go to work on the same day.
  • Papa John’s is gearing up for another COVID-19 surge and increased demand for pizza carryout and delivery.

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Papa John’s is in a hurry to add 20,000 new team members, offering prospective employees the opportunity to interview and start the same day. It’s the third major hiring spree for Papa John’s since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

As the labor crisis continues for pizza chains and independents alike, Papa John’s will make it easier for recruits to start working and making money right away. “For anyone looking for immediate ways to earn an income, we’re making it quick and simple to apply, interview and be hired at Papa John’s,” said Marvin Boakye, the chain’s chief people and diversity officer. “We want to add talented team members to our Papa John’s family across the country to deliver food safely to our customers’ doorsteps.”

The surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide also adds urgency to Papa John’s hiring plans, since the demand for delivery and carryout will likely remain high around the country. “We are in the unique position—as a restaurant that specializes in delivery and carryout—to help our communities through this crisis,” Boakye noted.

In most cases, applicants can expect to be interviewed and potentially go to work on the same day, the company said. Job seekers can apply at the Papa John’s jobs website or text JOBS to 47272.

Papa John’s has been working aggressively to hire new employees since the pandemic began. The company announced it was looking for 20,000 new workers in March 2020 and went on a second hiring spree for 10,000 employees in late July of that same year. At that time, Papa John’s said it would expand its Dough & Degrees program, which provides college tuition benefits to its employees and their families.

The chain also provided holiday bonuses to about 14,000 front-line team members at its corporate restaurants and supply chain in December 2020.