10.5k jobs are being created as Hermes invests £100 million in parcel people and new tech. They aim to expand capacity to meet the huge demand created by people shopping at home during lockdown and the continuing growth in the parcel business, which whilst it might subside slightly now that the high street has reopened will doubtless be busier than ever when winter arrives.
There will be 1500 new full-time staff, including head office staff, drivers, warehouse operatives, managers and supervisors plus another 9,000 self employed couriers. The self employed drives can also opt to become ‘self-employed plus’, which provides a number of benefits such as holiday pay (pro-rata up to 28 days), and individually negotiated pay rates.
As well as staff, a wedge of the Hermes investment will go on tech and infrastructure with plans to spend £100 million on new vehicles, £60 million on 15 new regional depots and £40 million on technology. With a predicted volume of 3.5 million parcels a day during the peak Black Friday and Christmas season and a desire to increase next-day delivery capacity Hermes is continuing to invest heavily in the UK which will capitalise on their investment in their continued investments in regional hubs.
“The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing. As a result, it is important that we have the right infrastructure and people in place to support this.
This is good news for the many people who have sadly had their income affected and we are pleased to be able to support the UK economy with so many jobs at this time. In that first fortnight of lockdown we had thousands of applications from pub staff, chefs, children’s entertainers, dog walkers, pub singers, beauticians, hairdressers, pilots and many, many others. We look forward to welcoming our new recruits over the coming weeks.”
– Martijn de Lange, CEO, Hermes UK