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Number of Papa John's employees worldwide 2011-2019

The number of employees worldwide at Papa John’s fell to approximately 16,500 in 2019. The company has reduced its workforce by around 6,600 employees since 2016.

Employees a key ingredient to restaurant success

Papa John’s employed approximately 13,900 restaurant team members worldwide in 2019 – around 85 percent of its overall workforce. A typical Papa John’s company-owned restaurant in the United States employs between 20 and 25 restaurant team members, most of whom work part-time and are paid on an hourly basis. The decline in employees came in spite of an increase in the number of its global restaurants in 2019.

The rise of Papa John’s

In 1984, ‘Papa’ John Schnatter first started serving pizza from his father’s tavern in Indiana. The company has grown to operate more than 5,300 restaurants in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, with 3,142 restaurants located in its domestic market of the United States in 2019. The United Kingdom had the highest number of Papa John’s restaurants outside of the U.S. in 2019.

Number of employees of Papa John's worldwide from 2011 to 2019*

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Special properties

Fiscal years end on the last Sunday of December.

Supplementary notes

* Includes employees from company owned and franchised establishments.

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