Royal Mail has signalled that it is to create around 600 seasonal jobs in Leeds over Christmas to help with the vastly increased amounts of post it handles.
The positions will be available between November and early January of next year, with the peak of the work set to come during December to cope with the millions of Christmas cards and presents to be delivered across the country.
The recruitment campaign will see Royal Mail create 21,000 seasonal roles across the country to add to its 124,000 permanent staff of postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.
Royal Mail’s director of operations in the north Gerry O’Rourke said: “Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail and we plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service to our customers.
“Every Christmas, we make a substantial financial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers.”
A spokesman for Royal Mail added: “ The recruitment programme is part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial investment in additional resources at Christmas to help ensure we provide the best possible service to our customers.
“The recruits will help to sort Christmas cards and parcels before they go to around 1,400 delivery offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.”
Royal Mail has a large-scale sorting office at Wakefield, as well as bases in Bramley, Wortley, Stourton and Burley.
Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the positions – www.royalmail.com/xmasjobs.
The announcement comes just a few days after the Communications Workers Union announced it is issuing a timeline to ballot its members for potential industrial action over the ongoing plan to privatise the institution.
A 160,000-name petition against the Government’s controversial plan has been handed in to Downing Street, showing the “strong opposition” across the country.
The ballot is due to end on October 3, with any walkout starting from a week later if there is a yes vote, threatening action in the run-up to the busy festive period.