London’s largest private hire firm, Addison Lee, has launched an offer for both new and existing drivers, as it steps up efforts to hire 1,000 new private hire car drivers.
The company has said with demand for private hire services expected to grow in the capital as Plan B Covid restrictions lift on 27 January, Addison Lee has put together what they have called a "market-leading package".
This includes guaranteed earnings of £5,000 a month, holiday pay and pension, and the launch of AL Rewards – a unique suite of new benefits to support drivers’ financial, physical, and mental wellbeing.
Leading the package is a guarantee for new drivers of £5,000 gross for the first month with Addison Lee. The company has said that currently top earners at Addison Lee are earning over £2,000 per week. Addison Lee is also offering a contributory pension and holiday pay.
Developed to attract new drivers to the fleet and provide greater support to existing partner drivers, Addison Lee has teamed up with Collective Benefits to create the AL Rewards package. From sick pay to physio support and mental health counselling, AL Rewards provides drivers with a whole range of wellbeing measures that are currently unavailable to other drivers in the industry, the company has confirmed.
With the first electric vehicles (EVs) already operating on its fleet, Addison Lee will also offer all drivers access to an electric vehicle by 2023 as it transitions to a fully-electric fleet. Drivers will also be offered support with the shift to electric, including exclusive access to nearby off-street EV charging points through Addison Lee’s partnership with JustPark.
Addison Lee’s CEO, Liam Griffin, commented: ‘‘As Plan B Covid restrictions ease and demand rises, Addison Lee’s new driver offer ensures the best deal in the market for existing partner drivers and new recruits, with the best earning opportunities, a range of benefits and access to state-of-the-art vehicles.
"This enhanced package ensures that we will be supporting our existing partner drivers, while growing our fleet to help meet rising demand for safe travel in London.”