Royal Mail needs 23,000 temporary Christmas workers

By Chris Dawson October 15, 2018 - 9:22 am

Royal Mail have kicked off their annual campaign to recruit 23,000 temporary Christmas workers to help deliver the deluge of parcels and Christmas cards in the fun up to the festive period.

We may be sending less Christmas cards than in the past as millennials turn to Whatsapp and other social media to convey their greetings but, according to the Greetings Card Association, we still spend £1.7 billion on greeting cards with a billion cards sold.

Temporary Christmas workers are needed for a variety of shifts with Royal Mail, from late October through to early January 2018. The peak of the additional temporary work will be in the busiest month of December. Individuals will be paid between £7.83 and £12.48 depending on age and shifts worked.

Parcelforce Worldwide is also looking for drivers and indoor workers as the whole organisation gears up to deliver parcels this Christmas.

What type of positions are available?

Over 13,300 people are needed to work in mail centres, distribution centres and data centres across England. There are also around 1,100 posts in Scotland, 470 jobs in Wales and another 445 roles in Northern Ireland. The temporary recruits will help to sort Christmas parcels and cards as well as the growing amount of online shopping orders before they are taken to around 1,400 Delivery Offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.

Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also looking for around 2,250 sorting staff and drivers across the UK.

There are also around 1,900 sorting and driving jobs in Royal Mail’s logistic arm, 1,100 data inputting roles in three sites in the UK and 740 roles at its international hub at Heathrow.

Royal Mail temporary Christmas workers appliation

Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the Christmas positions, or by emailing or by calling the automated helpline on 0345 600 1785.

“Christmas continues to be our busiest time of year. We plan all year round to ensure we deliver the best possible service for UK consumers and businesses before, during and after the Festive Season. We continue to make this substantial commitment in additional resources, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers, to ensure we can continue to deal with the huge amount of festive parcels, cards and online shopping orders, which we will be asked to deliver for our customers in every part of the country.”
– Sue Whalley, Post and Parcels CEO, Royal Mail

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