Yodel hires 2,950 new staff

Ahead of the coming peak season, UK delivery company Yodel has announced it is recruiting for 2,950 new jobs. Most – 2,500 – will be self-employed roles but 400 are to be fully employed by the company.

The recruitment campaign spread across its 50 sites comes in response to a shift in online shopping patterns brought about by the recent lockdown. In May, the Office of National Statistics showed that 32.8% of all retail sales were made online, a record in the UK. This wasn’t confined to the lockdown – online sales hardly changed in the ensuing summer months.

The coming peak Christmas and Cyber Weekend online retail peaks are set to smash records in terms of parcel volumes.

Mike Hancox, CEO of Yodel, commented: “The ongoing growth in online retail is set to continue into the festive season as consumers flock to buy gifts for friends, family and loved ones. We’re expecting this peak period to be higher in intensity and longer in duration than ever before as people look to prepare for Christmas earlier.

“That’s why, as we prepare for a period of sustained demand, we are looking to welcome more than 2,900 new colleagues, bolstering our operations to ensure customers and clients receive the excellent service they deserve.

“At Yodel we pride ourselves on our people, and our colleagues all enjoy the team spirit and opportunity to play a part in important community initiatives such delivering food to NHS hospitals.”