Royal Mail taking on 19,000 staff to handle Christmas postbags

Royal Mail has announced plans to recruit 19,000 workers to help deal with the seasonal increase in post and parcels. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Royal Mail has announced plans to recruit 19,000 workers to help deal with the seasonal increase in post and parcels. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Royal Mail has announced plans to recruit 19,000 workers to help deal with the seasonal increase in post and parcels.

The jobs will be created across the UK, mainly to help sort the Christmas mail, and will run from mid-November until early January.

Royal Mail will recruit around 14,000 workers across England, 1,340 in Scotland, 560 in Wales and 550 in Northern Ireland.

Royal Mail Group's express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting around 2,600 people, including drivers.

Royal Mail's chief operations officer Sue Whalley said: "Christmas is our busiest time of year. We plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service for consumers and businesses in the UK.

"Every Christmas, we make a substantial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers."