Royal Mail opens new centres to handle Christmas volumes

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Royal Mail is opening six temporary parcel sort centres for the Christmas period as part of its festive operation.

It has set up a dedicated website (www.royalmailgroup.com/xmasjobs) for people to apply for positions in the centres and at other sites across the UK.

The parcel sort centres are again being set up to sort a significant proportion of the seasonal parcels Royal Mail handles, before they are delivered to the door by Royal Mail’s postmen and women. Last year, Royal Mail handled around 130 million parcels during the Christmas rush.

Around 3,300 seasonal workers will be based in the parcel sort centres. They will support Royal Mail’s 120,000 permanent  postmen and women, who sort and deliver the mail all year round, including Christmas which is the busiest time of the year for the UK postal service. Royal Mail Group is taking on 20,000 seasonal workers in total this year across its operations.

This is the seventh year that Royal Mail has opened a dedicated network of parcel sort centres. The use of additional temporary parcel sort centres is now an integral part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial commitment to additional resources at Christmas, to handle the festive mail bag.

The parcel sort centres are in Atherstone near Tamworth, Bathgate in West Lothian, Bristol; Greenford in West London; Normanton in West Yorkshire and Warrington. The Atherstone centre will handle UK and international  parcels. The centres will open on a phased basis from the end of this month.

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