Royal Mail to create 16,000 temporary jobs

Royal Mail is hiring 16,000 workers to cover their busiest time, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and over the Christmas period.

Over the Christmas period, Royal Mail gets double the amount of parcels and stamped letters.

Jobs available will include 8,000 mail centre sorting jobs in England, 1,200 in Scotland, 500 roles in Wales and 500 in Northern Ireland.

Located in 37 mail centres across the country and with flexible shifts available, the contracts will run from late October to early January 2024.

These locations include offices in Atherstone, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Daventry, and Greenford in London with a total of 176, 500 sq ft extra space being created across these five centres to cater.

Parcelforce Worldwide is also hiring additional drivers and workers.

Grant McPherson, chief operating officer at Royal Mail, said: “We are pulling out all the stops to deliver Christmas for our customers. It’s our busiest time of the year and we know how important it is for people that we deliver letters and parcels on time.

“By planning ahead and hiring more people, vans and trucks, we are well prepared to handle the expected increased festive mail and parcels and deliver the high standards of service our customers expect from Royal Mail.”