The newly privatised Royal Mail has announced that it will be offering temporary roles between November and January to cover the Christmas rush.
Christmas is the busiest period of the year for the Royal Mail
Christmas is always the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail, with many people using their postal services to send Christmas cards, gifts and packages to their loved ones.
At the end of last month, Royal Mail announced that it has plans to recruit around nineteen thousand people to help out over the busy Christmas period. Fifteen thousand Christmas temps will be hired in England, one thousand one hundred in Scotland, six hundred in Wales and four hundred in Northern Ireland. The roles will all be temporary, with staff covering the period between mid November and early January next year.
Extra 2,000 sorting office staff
The privatised postal operator will also be hiring a further two thousand people to help out with sorting and managing parcels at its Parcelforce Worldwide division. It is believed that the recruitment process for these roles will take place early December.
The Christmas temp workers hired by Royal Mail over the festive period will support the company’s existing workforce (which is made up of one hundred and twenty four thousand people) in coping with the increased volume of Christmas cards and presents sent in December.
2013 Parcel volumes
Last year alone Royal Mail delivered more than ten million parcels a day in the run up to Christmas. With such high volumes of cards and parcels to deliver, the company certainly doesn’t take anything to chance when it comes to planning its operations for the festive period. Sue Whalley, the Chief Operations Officer at Royal Mail has said that the company makes plans for the busy Christmas period all year round to ensure they deliver the best possible service to their customers. This of course involves investing a significant amount of money in additional resources, such as the recruitment of thousands of temporary Christmas workers.
19,000 being recruited in 2014 but still lower than last year
Whilst hiring nineteen thousand people does seem like a lot, the figure is actually down on last year, when the company advertised twenty one thousand temporary positions.
If you are interested in working at Royal Mail over the Christmas period, you can download an application from their website.
Other parcel firms are hiring too
Other parcel delivery firms are also gearing up for Christmas, with independent parcel delivery firm Yodel announcing that they will be creating five thousand seasonal jobs across the UK. This will include two thousand, eight hundred and thirty self-employed neighbourhood couriers.
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