Royal Mail recruiting people in Portsmouth ahead of Christmas rush

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AROUND 200 people will be employed by Royal Mail to help sort the Christmas post.

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

Positions are available from mid-November through until early January.

Around 19,000 seasonal roles are available across the UK in Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, primarily to help sort the additional Christmas volumes.

Royal Mail will recruit around 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 around 2,600 extra people, including drivers.

The peak of the additional temporary work will be in the busiest month of December.

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.’

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