Extra staff needed to sort the festive post

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ABOUT 200 people will be employed in Portsmouth by Royal Mail to help sort the Christmas post.

Roughly 19,000 seasonal roles are available across the UK in Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, primarily to help sort the additional post sent at Christmas.

They will support Royal Mail’s 123,000 permanent postmen and women nationally who sort 
and deliver the mail all year round.

Positions are available from mid-November until early January.

Royal Mail will recruit about 14,000 workers across its core network in England, 1,340 in Scotland, 560 in 
Wales and 550 in Northern Ireland.

Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting.

Royal Mail’s delivery director, Estelle Baillie, said: ‘Christmas is our busiest time of year.

‘We plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service for consumers and businesses in the UK.

‘Every Christmas, we make a substantial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers.’