Royal Mail to hire 19,000 for Christmas
Christmas is a boom time for casual jobs. Argos are taking on thousands, and now, the Royal Mail will be recruiting around 19,000 temporary workers to help sort the Christmas madness.
In a statement, they said that it'll be looking to fill temporary positions across a host of shifts between mid-November to early January 2016. It is mostly going to be support to the Royal Mail’s 123,000 permanent postmen and women, but think on - Parcelforce Worldwide is also looking for drivers and indoor workers.
So, if you're after a job, around 14,000 people will be needed to work in mail, distribution centres and data centres across England, 1,340 in Scotland, 560 in Wales and 550 in Northern Ireland.
All the temps will be asked to sort Christmas cards and parcels before they go to around 1,400 Delivery Offices for postfolk to take out on the rounds. Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting around 2,600 extra drivers and sorting staff through the UK. We're just waiting to see if anyone hasn't read this article properly and are going to ask for a job in the comments, like they usually do.
Royal Mail’s chief operations officer, Sue Whalley, said: "Christmas is our busiest time of year. We plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service for consumers and businesses in the UK. Every Christmas, we make a substantial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers."
Royal Mail has set up a special website for people to apply for the Christmas jobs – www.royalmailgroup.com/xmasjobs.