Royal Mail to recruit 400 staff for festive rush
Royal Mail is to recruit 400 temporary workers in Northern Ireland to help handle the huge Christmas postbag.
Across the UK, 18,000 workers will be recruited to handle around two billion items over the holiday season.
The jobs will be based in mail and distribution centres across the UK, with staff helping to sort cards and parcels before they go to around 1,400 delivery offices for postmen and women to take out on their rounds.
The jobs will include 3,000 in the Midlands, 2,000 each in Scotland, the South East, South West, Thames Valley, the North East and the South East, 1,500 each in the North West and Anglia, 1,000 in Wales and 400 in Northern Ireland. More than 70,000 people applied last year for a similar number of Christmas jobs.
Royal Mail's managing director of operations and modernisation, Mark Higson, said: "Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail and we plan all year round to ensure we deliver the best possible service to our customers.
The jobs will run from mid-November to early January 2012.