Royal Mail hiring London Christmas staff and here’s how much it pays

It may feel too early to be thinking about Christmas, but Royal Mail is already planning for an influx of extra post.

Given this year’s Christmas may be quite different to what we’re used to, it’s likely that even more cards and presents will be sent by post – perhaps to people you’d normally give them to in person.

The Royal Mail is currently recruiting 97 people across the UK just to cover this extra Christmas workload and the great news is the shifts are often very flexible.

It’s the perfect way to earn some extra cash in what’s been a financially stressful year, and a reason to get out an about more than you’ve been able to.

On the page about temporary Christmas jobs it’s stated that the Royal Mail will need ‘a few thousand extra helping hands’, so if there’s not a job in your area of London currently, it’s likely more will become available over the upcoming months.

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Here are the roles currently on offer, as well as how much they pay.

Christmas Casual, Gatwick Mail Centre, Crawley

This site is a short drive down the M23 will be very easy for South Londoners to get to.

The very flexible role allows you to find a shift that works for you, generally split into earlies, lates, nights and weekends.

The company’s ‘wishlist’ states you don’t need any experience, but you do need to be able to push trolleys up to 250kgs and lift and move mail bags up to 11kg. You’ll also need to be able to stand for long periods of time.

It also asks for someone “flexible and adaptable to work on various tasks during a shift”.

Pay: £9.50 p/h to £11.46 p/h

Find out more and apply here.

Christmas Casual, Jubilee Mail Centre, Hounslow

This job is pretty much the same as the one above, although the pay is less.

The role will involve unloading mail and parcels from vans, moving them around warehouses and then sorting them so they arrive at their destination safely.

Pay: £8.72 p/h to £9.40 p/h

Find out more and apply here.

A postman loads his van at a Royal Mail centre (stock image)
You’ll have to do a lot of lifting
(Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

Parcelforce Collection and Delivery Driver, London West (Ealing)

Rather than being shift work, this role offers a six month contract, perfect if you’re looking for a full-time role.

You’ll be responsible for everything from planning your delivery route to collecting and delivering parcels to households and businesses.

You’ll need to be able to lift and carry parcels weighing up to 30kg, and obviously have a driving licence.

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Annoyingly the website mentions two different wages, starting by saying you’ll get circa £30,000 per annum (based on a 39 hour full time week), but later saying you’ll be paid basic salary of £20,360 increasing to £22,447 on completion of a 6 month probation period.

You’ll work 50 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm, and have the oppertunity for overtime.

Other perks include medical care, £21.77 per week driving allowance plus weekly bonus of up to £16, a pension scheme and 4.5 weeks of annual holiday.

Find out more and apply here.


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