Royal Mail hires more seasonal staff than ever before

In anticipation of a record breaking peak delivery season, Royal Mail has announced it is to hire 33,000 seasonal workers to meet demand. The postal operator normally hires around 20,000 seasonal staff.

Mail volumes have plummeted in the pandemic but parcel volumes have grown markedly. Total revenues grew by £139 million thanks in part due to a volume increase of over 33% (177m extra parcels) by compared to last year.

Seasonal staff will be working in sorting offices, delivery vans and data centres. Sally Ashford, the Royal Mail’s chief human resources officer, 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.”