Yodel recruiting 7000 staff to prepare for Xmas

Yodel is recruiting 7000 part-time and full-time staff across the UK in preparation for this year’s peak Christmas period.

The carrier is set to recruit over 800 directly employed drivers who will be provided with Yodel branded uniforms and a liveried van. In addition to the directly employed drivers, Yodel is also looking for around 3,000 owner drivers, who will be required to provide their own vans. Both sets of drivers will be based at their local service centres and provided with hand held computers to help plan their routes and scan parcels as they go on their delivery and collection rounds.

A further 3,000 self-employed couriers, will also be joining the company, using their own cars to deliver and collect smaller parcels from customers. Self-employed couriers are based from home and carry out deliveries in their own neighbourhood. Couriers’ hours are more flexible, making it the ideal choice for anyone who requires a job that can fit around other commitments, such as child-care, hobbies or other part-time work.

While these are seasonal positions for the peak period, many of the roles are expected to become permanent thanks to the increase in Yodel’s client base and growth in parcel volumes. Yodel’s training programme will ensure that all couriers and drivers are fully prepared for the peak period and includes tuition on Yodel’s policies and processes as well as basic health and safety.

For the courier and owner driver roles, Yodel also offers support in the form of insurance and vehicle lease packages, as well as guidance on the paperwork and benefits associated with being self-employed.

Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel, said: “Many of the vacancies are flexible and perfect for those who want to fit work around families, or who have retired but want to remain active and earn some extra cash. Others are full-time and we expect many people to stay on beyond peak season”.