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Royal Mail launched its annual campaign to recruit temporary workers to support permanent staffing during the Christmas period. Around 21,000 seasonal roles will be available across the UK to support the 124,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver mail all year round.
Of the 21,000 temporary positions there will be approximately 18,000 roles in England, 2,000 in Scotland, 700 in Wales, and 400 in Northern Ireland. Temporary positions across a variety of shifts will be available between mid-November and early January 2014. The peak of the additional temporary work will be in December.
The seasonal workers will help to sort Christmas cards and parcels before they go to around 1,400 delivery offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.
Mark Higson, managing director for operations and modernisation at the Royal Mail, commented: “Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail and we plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service to our customers. Every Christmas we make a substantial financial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers.”
Mark Hoban, minister for employment, said: “It’s great news that Royal Mail are creating 21,000 new seasonal jobs this Christmas and that Jobcentre Plus is playing a key role in recruiting them. We’ve now got more people in work in Britain than ever before. And these postal jobs will provide more welcome flexible opportunities for people who are looking for work over the festive period.”