Xmas job boom at Royal Mail

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ABOUT 600 jobs will be cre­ated in Skelmers­dale this month, as the Royal Mail opens a tem­po­rary sort­ing cen­tre.

The postal ser­vice is cre­at­ing six par­cel sort­ing cen­tres as it pre­pares for its busiest time of the year in the run up to Christ­mas.

Last year, Royal Mail han­dled around 149 mil­lion parcels dur­ing the Christ­mas rush.

A to­tal of 2,700 work­ers will be hired to work in the six cen­tres – which are also in War­wick­shire, West Loth­ian, Cardifff, Wake­field and West Lon­don – with ap­prox­i­mately 600 needed in Skelmers­dale.

The com­pany says it is of­fer­ing “com­pet­i­tive” pay rates, along with a flex­i­ble range of shifts and for those who want to work flex­i­bly or less than 20 hours a week.

It has set up a ded­i­cated web­site for peo­ple to ap­ply for the Christ­mas po­si­tions – https://christ­mas­re­cruit­ment.royal­mail­group.com – though they can also ap­ply by email­ing Christ­mas_ help-line@royal­mail.com or by call­ing the au­to­mated helpline on 0345 600 1785.

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “This is the eighth year that Royal Mail has opened a ded­i­cated net­work of par­cel sort cen­tres.

“The use of ad­di­tional tem­po­rary par­cel sort cen­tres is now an in­te­gral part of Royal Mail’s sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to ad­di­tional re­sources at Christ­mas, to han­dle the fes­tive mail bag.”

The ser­vice has also an­nounced its fi­nal post­ing date for Christ­mas mail, which are:

De­cem­ber 18 – Sec­ond Class mail.

De­cem­ber 20 – First Class mail.

De­cem­ber 21 – Royal Mail tracked.

De­cem­ber 22 – Spe­cial de­liv­ery guar­an­teed.

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