Royal Mail delivering 500 jobs in Northern Ireland for Christmas
Royal Mail has launched a drive to recruit around 500 temporary workers in Northern Ireland for its busy Christmas period.
The employees will help to sort the Christmas post, as well as delivering goods to Northern Ireland's growing number of online shoppers, with a variety of shifts available from the middle of next month to early January.
Across the UK, Royal Mail is looking for 19,000 seasonal workers, including 1,850 drivers for its express parcel service, Parcelforce Worldwide. They will support Royal Mail's 120,000 permanent postmen and women who sort and deliver the mail all year round.
A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: "The recruitment programme is part of Royal Mail's substantial financial investment in additional resources at Christmas to help ensure we provide the best possible postal service to our customers throughout the UK."
The spokeswoman added: "The peak of the temporary work will be in December, with recruits sorting Christmas cards, parcels and online shopping orders."
Royal Mail is the latest company to give details of its Christmas recruitment drive.
Last week, retailer Argos announced that it will take on another 73 people.
Argos, which is now part of Sainsbury's, is seeking customer advisers and stock assistants, as well as drivers.
Temporary Argos staff will be deployed across its stores in Belfast's CastleCourt, Ross's Court and Boucher Road, as well as at its shops in Lisburn Square and Sprucefield.