Royal Mail is temporarily employing 33,000 people this year to help deliver packages over the Christmas period.
The postal service usually hires more people over Christmas anyway but predicts it will need upwards of 10,000 more people than usual this year. They usually employ between 15,000 and 23,000 more people between October and January to help with the parcels, cards and letters that are posted during the festive season.
They are hiring so many more people this year because the coronavirus pandemic has pushed people all around the country to online shopping.
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.
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The seasonal workers will support over 115,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.
On top of the 33,000 Royal Mail will also be hiring more people to add to their Covid-19 testing kit collection team. Royal Mail
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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