Royal Mail to open nine Christmas parcel centres creating thousands of jobs

Royal Mail is to open nine temporary parcel centres across the UK - employing 3,300 workers across the sites.

The extra capacity is required to deal with the increase in deliveries in the pre-Christmas rush.

The sites will be in Leeds, Rochdale, Bathgate, Atherstone (Warwickshire), Pontyclun, Birmingham, Swindon, west London, and Coventry.

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The centres will be phased in from this Monday (October 31). It’s the sixth year that the organisation has opened a network of centres dedicated to parcel sorting.

Last year, Royal Mail handled 130m parcels in December alone.

A total of 19,000 seasonal staff will be taken on across the group.