Jobs hope for fired City Link staff
A parcel delivery company is to make up to 100 jobs available to workers made redundant by the collapse of rival courier City Link.
Staffordshire-based APC Overnight said it would give priority to former City Link staff in filling vacancies at its national sorting centre in Cannock.
APC Overnight chief executive Karl Brown confirmed that further posts may also be made available at 115 other APC depots throughout the UK.
Mr 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.
City Link administrator Ernst & Young estimates that around 30,000 parcels are still being held at City Link depots around the country.
City Link customers who have sent parcels and intended recipients are being advised that depots remain open for items to be picked up between 8am and 8pm.
Ernst & Young said in a statement: "The volume of parcels currently in the City Link network is low, and all depots will be open until approximately January 6 2015 between the hours of 8am and 8pm for City Link customers and recipients of parcels to collect the remaining parcels.
"Customers and recipients can locate which depot their parcel is being held in using the City Link website.
"Parcels will be held for the foreseeable future, as collection arrangements are made by the administration team."