Rival delivery firms offer hope of employment to City Link staff
Northern Ireland employees of failed delivery firm City Link have been urged to apply for new posts at a rival firm.
Around 23 employees of City Link in Northern Ireland - and the rest of a workforce totalling 2,727 around the UK - are expected to hear today that their jobs will go after the private equity-owned firm went into administration on Christmas Day.
But a spokeswoman for APC Overnight, which employs hundreds of people across the UK, and like City Link has a depot in Nutts Corner, said there could be jobs for drivers at its Northern Ireland branch in the new year.
The business - which is run with Beatties and known as APC Beatties Distribution Services - employs 65 people.
The spokeswoman said: "We'll be hiring four or five drivers in the new year so anyone who works at City Link is welcome to apply."
Staffordshire-based APC Overnight said it would also give priority to former City Link staff in filling vacancies at its national sorting centre in Cannock.
APC Overnight chief executive Karl Brown said: "This is an extremely difficult time for City Link staff members and their families.
"Following discussions with board members, we've made the decision to prioritise City Link staff for the job vacancies we currently have on offer.
"We're also making ourselves available to those small and medium-sized independent businesses across the UK who have been left without a courier during the busy New Year period."
Staff at City Link, many of whom learnt of the company's collapse on Christmas Day, have been told by administrators to expect "substantial redundancies" among its 2,727-strong workforce.
A statement from the administrator confirmed they had begun directly informing the company employees on "the potential for significant redundancies".
Jon Moulton, the founder of parent company Better Capital, rejected claims the firm's collapse was mishandled.