Royal Mail to open 9 Christmas parcel sort centres

Royal Mail Christmas FeatYou know Christmas is coming when the Royal Mail are opening their temporary parcel sort centres. Royal Mail have just announced nine temporary parcel sort centres for the Christmas period as part of its festive operation and have set up a dedicated website for people to apply for Royal Mail jobs in the centres and at other sites across the UK.

The parcel sort centres are being set up to sort a significant proportion of the seasonal parcels Royal Mail handles, before they are delivered to the door by Royal Mail’s postmen and women.

Around 3,300 seasonal workers will be based in the parcel sort centres. They will support Royal Mail’s 120,000 permanent postmen and women, who sort and deliver the mail all year round, including Christmas which is the busiest time of the year for the UK postal service. Royal Mail Group is taking on around 19,000 seasonal workers in total this year across its operations.

This is the sixth year that Royal Mail has opened a dedicated network of parcel sort centres. The use of additional temporary parcel sort centres is now an integral part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial commitment to additional resources at Christmas, to handle the festive mail bag.

The parcel sort centres are in Bathgate in West Lothian, Rochdale, Leeds, Puntyclun in South Wales, Birmingham, Swindon, Greenford, Atherstone, and Coventry for international parcels and cards. The centres will open on a phased basis from the 31st of October.