Royal Mail plans to hire 20,000 workers to help with Christmas post

Royal Mail launches drive to hire 20,000 seasonal workers to help with Christmas post and surge in online shopping as Parcelforce also looks for temporary drivers over festive period

  • Royal Mail has launched drive to recruit 20,000 seasonal workers for Christmas
  • Temporary jobs will be available from the end of October until early in new year
  • Around 17,150 temp staff are needed in mail centres, and data centres in England
  • Parcelforce is also looking for seasonal drivers and workers in the festive season

Royal Mail has launched a drive to recruit around 20,000 seasonal workers to help with the Christmas post and increasing amounts of online shopping.

Temporary jobs will be available from the end of October until early in the new year, with Parcelforce also looking for seasonal drivers and other workers to join them during the festive season.

Around 17,150 temporary staff are needed in mail centres, distribution hubs and data centres across England, with 1,800 in Scotland, 650 in Wales and 500 in Northern Ireland.

Around 17,150 temporary staff are needed in mail centres, distribution hubs and data centres across England, with 1,800 in Scotland, 650 in Wales and 500 in Northern Ireland

The seasonal workers will help to sort Christmas parcels and cards as well as the growing amount of online shopping orders.

An additional 3,650 employees will be recruited on Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide – with 1,500 workers required at its international parcel hub at Heathrow and around 650 data inputting roles at three sites in the UK.

Royal Mail chief people officer Zareena Brown said: ‘Our seasonal workforce is incredibly important to our operation and we very much look forward to welcoming those who return year after year as well as those who may be joining us for the first time. 

‘Being part of delivering Christmas is a brilliant experi- ence and one that we know offers lots of opportunities for employment and engagement in the communities we serve.’

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