Royal Mail Group starts its annual Christmas recruitment campaign for around 23,000 temporary workers across the UK

Royal Mail Group starts its annual Christmas recruitment campaign for around 23,000 temporary workers across the UK

Key points

  • Royal Mail is seeking seasonal workers to help sort the Christmas post and the increasing amount of online shopping parcels
  • Around 23,000 seasonal roles are available across the UK in Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, primarily to help sort the additional Christmas volumes of parcels, cards and letters. Positions are available from late October through until early January 2019
  • There are over 13,300 mail centre sorting posts in England, around 1,100 posts in Scotland, 470 posts in Wales and 445 posts in Northern Ireland on offer
  • Other sorting and driving roles are on offer in Royal Mail logistics and at our Heathrow international hub. There are also temporary positions in data inputting.
  • Royal Mail Group’s express parcel business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also looking for around 2,250 extra people. These roles include driver and parcel sorter positions.
  • This recruitment programme is part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial investment in additional resources at Christmas to help ensure we provide the best possible postal service to our customers throughout the UK. The seasonal workers will support Royal Mail’s over 120,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.

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.

Dedicated website

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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Notes to Editors

 

  • The Royal Mail recruitment drive includes mail centre and distribution centre sorting jobs and as well as 1,100 data inputting jobs at Royal Mail which are based in Stoke, Plymouth and Doxford. Royal Mail recruits temporary logistics drivers and workers at the busiest time of year (around 1,900). Roles are also available in the Heathrow international hub (740).
  • The Parcelforce Worldwide roles are based at a range of depots and hubs across the UK and the business is looking for parcel sorters and drivers. Most sorting roles are in Coventry.

Contact


Sally Hopkins: 07801 094345
Julie Pirone: 07711446358
Royal Mail press office: 020 7449 8246

 

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