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Royal Mail recruits to staff sort centre
ROYAL Mail has announced it is recruiting about 650 seasonal workers for a temporary parcel sort centre to be opened in Swindon.
Ten temporary centres are being opened across the country this year to help sort a significant proportion of of the parcels Royal Mail handles before they are distributed and delivered to the door.
Around 4,000 temporary workers are being recruited to work in the sort centres countrywide as part of the 21,000 seasonal workers being sought to help over the festive period.
The centre in Swindon will employ some 650 people and is scheduled to open in November.
Mark Higson, Royal Mail’s managing director of operations and modernisation, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail and our customers.
“Royal Mail has invested in 10 temporary parcel sort centres to increase our scale and improve our flexibility during this important time of year for our customers.
“The use of additional parcel sort centres has proved extremely successful the past two years. They are now an integral part of Royal Mail’s substantial financial commitment in additional resources at Christmas to handle the festive mail bag as effectively as possible.”
This is the third year that Royal Mail has opened a dedicated network of parcel sort centres.
Last year more than 350 seasonal staff were taken on in Swindon to run the sorting centre and they handled as many as half a million parcels in the lead up to Christmas.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland said he was delighted to hear the news.
“I have seen the huge and growing number of parcels that are handled in the Dorcan and West Swindon Royal Mail sorting offices, and know that Christmas is an extremely busy time for staff.
“I am very pleased to hear this news.”
Royal Mail has set up a dedicated website for people to apply for the positions .To view the site visit www.royalmail.com/ xmasjobs.
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