Parcel carrier business Yodel today announced that it is to create 7,000 jobs across the UK, including 776 in London, ahead of the busy Christmas period.
While the roles are seasonal positions for the peak period, the firm said many of the positions are expected to become permanent due to a number of new retailers joining Yodel, and continued growth in parcel volumes.
Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel, said: “Our recent research has shown that the 2015 Christmas period is set to break the mould once again, with nearly four times as many people planning to take advantage of the Black Friday online promotions. Our recruitment and training will support this demand and ensure that both our retail clients and their shoppers have an enjoyable Christmas.”
Stead added: “Many of the vacancies are flexible and perfect for those who want to fit work around families, or who have retired but want to remain active and earn some extra cash. Other roles are full-time and we expect many posts to become permanent after the Christmas season. Whatever the job, we’ll be giving everyone working for us the tools they need to deliver a top service.”
In addition to the new roles, Yodel said it has spent the first half of 2015 optimising its network to cope with the Christmas demand, including opening new strategically placed ‘super’ service centres. The company said it has also made significant investments in IT, mechanical handling, storing equipment, training and fleet to improve efficiency.