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Papa John’s Announces New Hiring, Referral and Appreciation Bonuses for Front-Line Corporate Team Members

Program recognizes their essential role in the company’s record growth and industry outperformance.

Papa John’s International, Inc. announced new hiring, referral and appreciation bonuses for its approximately 14,000 front-line team members in the company’s corporate restaurants and supply chain, recognizing again their essential role in the company’s record growth and industry outperformance.

Papa John’s also plans to make additional investments in its full-time staff in its higher volume company-owned stores to support continued growth. The company expects to invest approximately $2.5 million in these initiatives during the remainder of 2021.

Help Wanted Everywhere

Papa John's announcement comes as the hospitality sector is facing a labor shortage. Chipotle is among the hospitality brands trying to reel in new employees using social media such as TikTok ResumesTaco Bell launched a hiring spree to hire 5,000 employees in one day. Most restaurant operators say that their current staffing levels are below normal. Some believe low wages are driving away restaurant staffOthers blame the extension in unemployment benefits. According to a recent report from JobList, hospitality workers are transitioning out of the industry in search of a different work setting (52%), higher pay (45%), better benefits (29%), and more schedule flexibility (19%).

To help hospitality brands get a leg up on their recruitment efforts, HT is hosting a special networking workshop: Technology to Rebuild & Retain Your Workforce (July 28th at 2pm ET).   

Papa John's Tremendous Performance

“The incredible hard work and commitment of our team members, which powered Papa John’s tremendous performance and transformation over the past 18 months, is just as important to our sustained long-term growth. Similar to programs being offered by our franchisees, these new bonuses for our team members in our corporate restaurants and QCCs reflect the value we place on growing, retaining and supporting our dedicated team,” said Rob Lynch, President & CEO. “In addition, we’ve made permanent the expanded health, wellness, paid time-off and college tuition benefits we rolled out during the pandemic, as we strive to be the employer of choice within our dynamic industry.”

Papa John’s new bonus programs offer $50 referral bonuses for corporate team members for every new hire they bring in, with an additional $50 bonus paid to the new team member. Existing corporate team members are also eligible for up $400 in appreciation bonuses to be paid in increments throughout the remainder of the year. For more detail on these programs and career opportunities at Papa John’s, please visit

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