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Royal Mail to hire 33,000 temporary staff over Christmas

Tom Shearsmith
26 October 2020

Royal Mail has announced that approximately 33,000 temporary jobs will be available over the Christmas period this year.

The postal service usually hires 20,000 temporary members of staff to bolster its normal workforce, but will require additional staff to cope with the online shopping boom and reduction in brick-and-mortar retail shopping.

More than 13,000 mail centre sorting posts are available in England, with around 1,400 posts in Scotland, 700 posts in Wales and 500 posts in Northern Ireland.

Sally Ashford, Royal Mail’s Chief HR Officer, said: “During these unprecedented times we believe it is critical that Royal Mail continues to deliver. We want to do our best to deliver Christmas for our customers and support the effort on the pandemic. This helps the whole country to celebrate and stay safe during these difficult times.”

Last week, Royal Mail announced it is rolling out a scheme that will enable Britons to send parcels, and return e-commerce orders, without leaving their homes.

Postmen and women will be able to pick up parcels from doorsteps at a cost of 72p per parcel or 60p per parcel for pre-paid postage items.

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