Starbucks launched a wave of hiring for 400 positions as the coffeehouse chain was bolstered by the easing of pandemic restrictions.
The company, which was founded in Seattle 50 years ago, said it was recruiting new staff across the UK in anticipation of a busy summer season.
Positions will be available at nearly 200 locations, including city centers, suburban main streets and drive-thru, as it strengthens its workforce to meet higher demand.
New jobs have been created in a wide variety of cities across the UK including Aberdeen, Cardiff, Coventry, Winchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Dundee, Birmingham, Derby and Newcastle.
The company said it did not make any layoffs or take any time off after the pandemic hit its UK operations.
He said his new hiring plans would primarily fill the “natural vacancies” of staff choosing to leave the company who were not replaced while strangled by viruses.
Starbucks, which currently employs 3,664 people across the UK, said some roles will also be in drive-thru locations.
The chain expanded its drive-thru and delivery options to meet customer demand as dining options were limited by public health policy.
He said about 98% of his domain is currently operational.
Alex Rayner, Managing Director of Starbucks UK, said: “Being a high street retailer has been incredibly difficult over the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic has placed operating restrictions on our company that have had a significant impact on our profitability.
“But our priority has always been to keep our employees at work, to avoid layoffs at our company-run stores, and to be prepared to reopen safely as restrictions ease.
“This is why I am really happy that we are now able to replenish our workforce by providing 400 jobs, because we are optimistic about the future of the company.