Royal Mail hires 20,000 temporary Christmas workers

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Royal Mail has launched a drive to recruit around 20,000 temporary workers to help sort the Christmas post and the increasing amount of online Christmas shopping.

Temporary positions across a variety of shifts will be available, from late October through to early January 2018. The peak of the additional temporary work will be in the busiest month of December. Parcelforce Worldwide is also looking for drivers and indoor workers as the whole organisation gears up to deliver at Christmas.

Helping to sort the post

Around 16,000 people are needed to work in mail centres, distribution centres and data centres across England. This includes around 1,000 roles available at a new super Parcel Sort Centre at Atherstone in Warwickshire. There are also around 1,000 posts in Scotland, around 300 jobs in Wales and 500 roles in Northern Ireland. The temporary recruits will help to sort Christmas cards and parcels and online shopping orders before they are taken to around 1,400 Delivery Offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.

Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting around 900 extra sorting staff and 1,200 drivers throughout the UK.

Dedicated website

Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the Christmas positions –www.royalmailgroup.com/xmasjobs or by emailingChristmas_helpline@royalmail.com or by calling the automated helpline on 0345 600 1785.

Royal Mail’s chief operations officer, Sue Whalley, said: “Christmas continues to be our busiest time of year. We plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service for UK consumers and businesses at Christmas.

“We are continuing to make a substantial commitment in additional resources including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers to handle the festive mailbag and the growing market of online Christmas shopping.”

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