18 Mar, 2022 @ 10:00
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Deliveroo leaves Spain after losing €23 million in two years

Companies Must Register Their Riders As Employees In Barcelona, Spain 04 Mar 2021
March 4, 2021, Bacelona, Spain: A rider from the deliveroo company rides along the Ramblas to deliver..The Spanish Government has drafted a Decree Law that will oblige delivery companies to obligatorily register their riders to work so that they stop being self-employed and improve their working conditions. (Credit Image: © Paco Freire/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

FOOD delivery service Deliveroo has announced it will cease operating in Spain citing huge economic losses since the start of the pandemic.

The company reported a loss of €23 during 2020 and 2021 and was hit by a change in legislation by Spain’s government to give gig economy workers greater employment rights.

The London-based company said they were not willing to lose any more money in Spain and didn’t have a big enough market share to make investment worth it.

The take-away app company has larger rivals in Spain including  Glovo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.

A spokesperson from Deliveroo said “Achieving and maintaining a top-tier market position in Spain would require a disproportionate level of investment with a very uncertain long-term potential return that could affect the economic viability of the market for the Group,” 

Deliveroo had a workforce in Spain of at least 3,800 riders who were registered as employed with the company.

According to Business Insider, most of the delivery companies grew as a consequence of the pandemic. However, Deliveroo did not.


Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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