If you know of anyone looking for temporary work in the run up to Christmas then tell them to speak to Royal Mail. They have just announced that they’ll be taking on 18,000 temps (15,000 in England) to cope with the Christmas rush to augment their 130,000 permanent workers.
This is 2,000 less workers than last year and temps will work between mid-November and early January sorting Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail expect to be sorting more than 130 million items each day – about double their normal mail volumes and will doubtless be announcing more plans to cope with Christmas and contingencies in case last year’s inclement weather repeats itself.
If you’re thinking of applying get in quick – last year there were 70,000 applicants for the temporary positions and with the economy and increased unemployment competition for jobs is likely to be even more fierce this year. Flexibility on shifts and the locations you’re willing to work at are likely to be key to successfully winning a place.
You can apply for the temporary Royal Mail vacancies on the Royal Mail website.