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Royal Mail To Recruit 20,000 Seasonal Workers

Royal Mail parcel and post collection

Royal Mail has started its drive this year to recruit around 20,000 seasonal workers to help sort the Christmas post and manage high levels of online Christmas shopping.

Temporary positions across a variety of shifts will be available, from late October through to early January 2022. The peak of the additional temporary work will be in the busiest month of December. Parcelforce Worldwide is also looking for seasonal drivers and indoor workers as the whole organisation gears up to deliver parcels this Christmas.

Royal Mail has been recruiting seasonal temporary workers since the Second World War.

Helping to sort the post

There are 17,150 seasonal workers required to work in mail centres, distribution centres and data centres across England. There are also around 1,800 seasonal posts in Scotland, 650 jobs in Wales and another 500 roles in Northern Ireland. The seasonal workers will help to sort Christmas parcels and cards as well as the growing amount of online shopping orders before postal workers deliver them to customers.

There are also an additional 3650 workers required across the following areas:

  • 1,500 roles in Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide
  • 1,500 roles at its international parcel hub at Heathrow
  • 650 data inputting roles in three sites in the UK

Dedicated website

Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the Christmas temporary vacancies:

Royal Mail also has a year-round recruitment drive where it recruits postal workers 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.  

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 experience and one that we know offers lots of opportunities for employment and engagement in the communities we serve.”

Source : Royal Mail

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11 October 2021

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