Royal Mail has launched a recruitment drive to fill more than 100 temporary jobs in Derby to help it deal with Christmas deliveries.
The firm is looking to fill seasonal roles at its Mail Centre, in Midland Road, to help it deal with Christmas post and the increasing amount of parcels due to the growth of online Christmas shopping.
The temporary recruits will help to sort Christmas cards and parcels and online shopping orders before they are taken to delivery offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.
The jobs are available from late October through to early January, with a variety of shifts on offer. The peak of the additional temporary will be in December.
The firm is looking for temporary processing and collections staff to work at Derby, with rates of pay ranging from £7.50 to £9.20 an hour.
Staff who work Monday to Saturday, between 6am and 10pm, will receive £7.50 a hour. Those working Monday to Friday from 10pm to 6am will receive £8.50.
People who work Sunday between 6am and 10pm receive £8.20 an hour. Staff who work Saturday and Sunday from 10pm to 6am would earn £9.20 an hour.
In its advert, Royal Mail said: “To help us handle the increased volumes of mail we require casual workers to sort mail in our mail centres with start dates between mid-November through to mid-December.
“As the face of Royal Mail you will work as part of a team ensuring we continue to deliver the high standards of service our customers expect.
More than 100 jobs are being created at the firm’s Mail Centre in Derby
“In the mail centre you will cover various indoor roles in a warehouse environment, you could be unloading mail from vans, moving large volumes of mail around in trolleys, sorting parcels and letters manually or operating machinery.
“It is a fast-paced environment and you’ll be working to efficient methods to meet our business performance targets.
“A mail centre can process over a million items in a shift and you’ll be a valuable part of making that happen.”
Royal Mail said that suitable candidates must be punctual and reliable, able to work to tight deadlines, be accurate and have attention to detail and be able to stand for long periods of time.
Royal Mail needs extra staff to collect and process post and parcels
The push is part of a wider recruitment drive for around 20,000 temporary workers across the UK, to support Royal Mail’s 120,000 permanent postmen and women.
Sue Whalley, Royal Mail’s chief operations officer, said: “Christmas continues to be our busiest time of year.
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“We plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service for UK consumers and businesses at Christmas.
“We are continuing to make a substantial commitment in additional resources including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers to handle the festive mailbag and the growing market of online Christmas shopping.”
Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the Christmas positions – www.royalmailgroup.com/xmasjobs.
Source: Derby Telegraph