Papa John’s will host job recruiting events next week at its Kent location and 17 other locations around the Seattle area. COURTESY PHOTO, Papa John’s

Papa John’s will host job recruiting events next week at its Kent location and 17 other locations around the Seattle area. COURTESY PHOTO, Papa John’s

Papa John’s plans hiring event in Kent as labor shortage continues

Hiring, retention bonuses part of deal as company seeks employees

Just as with many other businesses this spring and summer, Papa John’s has had a tough time finding employees.

That’s why Papa John’s will host recruiting events next week at its Kent location and 17 other stores across the greater Seattle area looking to fill about 150 part-time and full-time roles, including pizza makers, delivery drivers, shift leaders and managers.

“As businesses and communities recover from the pandemic, we are similarly increasing our operations,” said Matt Edwards, Papa John’s franchisee in Kent, in an email. “Nationally, the food and service industry, along with many others, has faced a labor shortage. But Papa John’s remains committed to offering quality jobs and quality pay to those in the communities we’ve served for over 30 years.”

The recruiting event at the Kent location, 13304 SE 240th St., is from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Edwards said through the company’s National Hiring Week recruiting events, they want to simplify the job application process and attract talented team members to their pizza family who may not realize all the benefits working for Papa John’s can bring.

“In addition to competitive pay, we offer a variety of benefits including, flexible hours, health care and paid vacations, regular raises and bonus potential,” Edwards said. “We also offer opportunities for team members to pursue career goals through ongoing training, leadership programs, and tuition reimbursement through the Papa John’s Dough & Degrees program.”

The events will include on-the-spot interviews. As an additional incentive, those hired at the events will receive a $50 hiring bonus and an additional $100 retention bonus after three months of employment. Attendees should prepare for the event by bringing their resume.

Pay at the Kent location is $13.69 per hour for an in-store position; up to $30 per hour for a driver, including minimum wage, delivery reimbursement and tips; and $14.75 to $17 per hour plus bonuses for a hourly shift leader.

Papa John’s also has locations in Seattle, Kirkland, Everett, Renton, Mill Creek, Everett, Redmond, Marysville, Sammamish, Oak Harbor, Lake Stevens, Bellevue, Bothell, Mount Vernon, Lynnwood, Lacey and Lakewood.

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