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  • Royal Mail Group
    28 September 2017
    Royal Mail Group begins its annual Christmas recruitment campaign for around 20,000 temporary workers across the UK
  • As in previous years, seasonal workers are being sought by Royal Mail to help sort the Christmas post and the increasing amount of online Christmas shopping. 
  • Around 20,000 seasonal roles are available across the UK in Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, primarily to help sort the additional Christmas volumes of mail. Positions are available from late October through until early January 2018
  • Royal Mail is seeking to recruit around 18,000 workers across its core network in the UK, including around 1,000 workers based at the super Parcel Sort Centre at Atherstone in Warwickshire in the CV9 postcode area. There are over 16,000 posts in England, around 1000 posts in Scotland, around 300 posts in Wales and 500 posts in Northern Ireland on offer 
  • Royal Mail Group’s express parcel business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting around 2,100 extra people, including around 1,200 drivers and around 900 parcel sorters. 
  • The 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. These seasonal workers will support Royal Mail’s around 120,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.

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 – or by emailing 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.”

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


For further information contact:

Royal Mail press office
Julie Pirone 07711446358
Royal Mail press office 0207 449 8246

Notes to editors

The Royal Mail recruitment drive includes mail centre and distribution centre sorting jobs and as well as data inputting jobs at Royal Mail which are based in Stoke, Plymouth and Doxford.  

The Parcelforce Worldwide roles are based at a range of depots and hubs across the UK. This includes 1,200 drivers and around 900 other staff sorting staff. Most sorting roles are in Coventry.

Royal Mail is also recruiting for part-time postmen and women roles across the UK. These can be found at