Royal Mail recruiting 33,000 temporary workers to cope with Christmas deliveries

Royal Mail recruiting 33,000 temporary workers to cope with Christmas deliveries

Around 33,000 temporary jobs will be available with the Royal Mail during the festive period – over 10,000 more than its usual seasonal average.

The postal service typically employs between 15,000 and 23,000 extra staff between October and January to help sort the additional Christmas volumes of parcels, cards and letters.

But the extra workers are needed this year because of an expected avalanche of parcels from an increase in online shopping caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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

The seasonal workers will support over 115,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.

Additional workers will also be required for Royal Mail’s new Covid-19 testing kit collection team.

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

Royal Mail chief HR officer Sally Ashford 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.”

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