Royal Mail has started its drive this year to recruit around 23,000 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 2019. 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 parcels this Christmas.
Royal Mail has been recruiting festive temporary workers since the Second World War.
Helping to sort the post
Over 13,300 people are needed to work in mail centres, distribution centres and data centres across England. There are also around 1,100 posts in Scotland, 470 jobs in Wales and another 445 roles in Northern Ireland. The temporary recruits will help to sort Christmas parcels and cards as well as the growing amount of 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 looking for around 2,250 sorting staff and drivers across the UK.
There are also around 1,900 sorting and driving jobs in Royal Mail’s logistics arm, 1,100 data inputting roles in three sites in the UK and 740 roles at its international hub at Heathrow.
Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the Christmas positions, https://christmasrecruitment.royalmailgroup.com/ or by emailing Christmas_helpline@royalmail.com or by calling the automated helpline on 0345 600 1785.
Royal Mail post and parcels CEO, Sue Whalley, said: “Christmas continues to be our busiest time of year. We plan all year round to ensure we deliver the best possible service for UK consumers and businesses before, during and after the Festive Season.
“We continue to make this substantial commitment in additional resources, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers, to ensure we can continue to deal with the huge amount of festive parcels, cards and online shopping orders, which we will be asked to deliver for our customers in every part of the country.”
Royal Mail also has a year-round recruitment drive where it recruits postmen and women into its Delivery Offices around the UK. There are a range of permanent and temporary delivery roles in sites across England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. More information is available at www.royalmailgroup.com/careers
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