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Royal Mail announce 300 short term Hampshire jobs
6:30am Monday 9th September 2013 in Hampshire Business
A JOBS bonanza is in the pipeline as the Royal Mail prepares to recruit hundreds of festive posties in Hampshire for an expected bumper Christmas rush.
Some 300 workers are needed to help sort out the Christmas post and parcels.
Thanks to increasing amounts of people buying online the Royal Mail is having to hire a larger temporary workforce.
The short-term posts are part of a wider nationwide recruitment drive by Royal Mail which will employ more than 21,000 seasonal staff across the country, between early November and January 2014, with the peak of the employment drive being in the Christmas period in December.
Mark Higson, managing director of Operations and Modernisation, 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.”
The seasonal work is to help the Royal Mail’s permanent workforce of 124,000 postmen and women around the country.
In the south west region this will include 3,000 short-term jobs, with the bulk of them being in Swindon (800) and Bristol (572), while Portsmouth will also have 321 jobs.
The annual drive is held against a backdrop of unrest in the ranks, as the Communication Workers Union (CWU) prepares a vote on national strikes over the Government’s plans to privatise Royal Mail.
The CWU, which announced the ballot today, has said it believed industrial action was “inevitable” without compromise on issues including pay, jobs, pensions and the impact of any sell-off.
The result of the ballot will be revealed in early October. The first strike could be held on October 10 if members vote yes.
If the row is not settled, it could potentially lead to a protracted dispute spilling over into the festive season, which is Royal Mail’s most profitable period.
To find out more about how to apply visit royalmail.com/ xmasjobs.
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