Takeaway sales soar as staff work late to avoid redundancy

Sales of takeaway food have rocketed as more office workers stay late in a bid to avoid the threat of redundancy, according to one provider.

Sales statistics from online takeaway portal Just-Eat.co.uk show that late-night work has become more commonplace, with staff at thousands of offices across the UK buying takeaway meals to eat while they work.

The firm said post-5pm ordering from offices has risen by a massive 236% in the past six months, compared to the six-month period before that, with many employees eating their dinner at their desks in a bid to complete their workload and safeguard their jobs.

The company’s poll of 1,304 office workers found four in 10 had worked late in the last month on more than five occasions, with more than a third worried about their job security in the current economic climate.

Pizza was by far the most popular takeaway choice, accounting for 83% of sales.

David Buttress, chief executive of Just-Eat.co.uk, said: “More people are ordering from their desk than we’ve ever experienced. The ease of ordering a takeaway while having as little time away from working as possible has meant that our sales to offices after 5pm have rocketed.”

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