Royal Mail opens six temporary Parcel Sort Centres to help handle Christmas volumes

Royal Mail opens six temporary Parcel Sort Centres to help handle Christmas volumes

Key points

  • Royal Mail is opening six temporary parcel sort centres across the UK to help it handle expected volumes for Christmas 2018
  • The centres will be staffed by over 2,700 temporary Christmas workers around the country
  • The centres are being set up for the eighth consecutive year. They will sort a significant proportion of Christmas parcels before they are delivered to the door by Royal Mail’s postmen and women
  • The parcel sort centres are located in Atherstone in Warwickshire; Bathgate, West Lothian; Cardiff; Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire and Greenford in West London, 
  • Temporary parcel sort centres are now an integral part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial commitment to additional resources at Christmas
  • Last year, Royal Mail handled around 149 million parcels during the Christmas rush
  • Centres will open on a phased basis from November

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

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 149 million parcels during the Christmas rush.

Around 2,700 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 23,000 seasonal workers in total this year across all its operations.

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. Competitive pay rates are offered at all sites along with a flexible range of shifts and for those who want to work flexibly or less than 20 hours a week.

This is the eighth 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 in Atherstone in Warwickshire; Bathgate, West Lothian; Cardiff; Wakefield, West Yorkshire;  Skelmersdale, West Lancashire and Greenford in west London,  The centres will open on a phased basis from next month.

Ends

Notes to editors:

The approximate number of people Royal Mail is recruiting at each parcel sort centre are:

Atherstone - 550

Bathgate – 250

Cardiff - 120

Greenford –  640

Skelmersdale - 600

Wakefield  - 500

Please note these recruitment numbers are part of the already announced 23,000 seasonal workers needed by Royal Mail

Recommended UK last Posting Dates

December 18 - Second Class

December 20 - First Class mail

December 21 – Royal Mail tracked

December 22 - Special delivery guaranteed

Further information is available at www.royalmail.com/greetings

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to around 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

Julie Pirone 07711446358

Julie.pirone@royalmail.com

Royal Mail press office 0207 449 8246

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