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Yodel To Create 7,000 Christmas Jobs

15 Oct 2015

Yodel To Create 7,000 Christmas Jobs

Yodel, the parcel delivery and logistics firm, is taking on 7,000 full and part time staff in what it expects to be a very busy period leading up to Black Friday, Christmas and beyond.

Yodel is looking for 6,000 self-employed drivers who have their vehicle to join them before Christmas, with half needing their own van for large parcels and the other half needing a car for smaller local deliveries. A further 800 jobs will be directly within the company, with those drivers manning a van from Yodel’s own delivery fleet.

Although the 7,000 seasonal Yodel jobs are initially temporary roles, the company believes that many will become permanent positions after the holiday rush is over.

The Yodel vacancies are spread out across the UK, but almost 1 in 6 of the Christmas jobs will be located within the Midlands area, with close to 1,200 positions up for grabs in the region.

Other places where Yodel say they are ‘focusing’ on recruitment include Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Carlisle, Dartford, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Gatwick, Glasgow, Gloucester, Ipswich, Leeds, Lincoln, Llandudno, Maidstone, Middleton, Norwich, Peterborough, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton and Warrington.

Basildon is also set to gain from the Yodel recruitment drive, with 230 Christmas jobs available for drivers in the Essex town.

Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, said: “A lot of these temporary situations end up becoming a lot longer than we expect, or even turn out to be permanent. It's all good experience, and gives people something to add to their CV. The extra income could also help families have a nice Christmas. People in Basildon are good, honest, hard working people. Let's show Yodel what they are made of, and they might even want to invest more into Basildon.”

If you have access to a vehicle and Yodel are looking for seasonal staff in your area, then a self-employed courier job with the firm could be a great little earner for students in the coming weeks. The hours for self-employed Yodel couriers are very flexible, meaning that you could fit the job around our studies for an extended period and the company provides full training, including in health and safety. Yodel can also help you out with insurance and vehicle leases, and can offer guidance on any paperwork that you might need to sort out as a self-employed worker for them.

Executive chairman of Yodel, Dick Stead, explained why they needed so many extra staff in the run up to the holidays this year: “Our recent research has shown that the 2015 Christmas period is set to break the mould once again, with nearly four times as many people planning to take advantage of the Black Friday online promotions. Our recruitment and training will support this demand and ensure that both our retail clients and their shoppers have an enjoyable Christmas.”

“Many of the vacancies are flexible and perfect for those who want to fit work around families, or who have retired but want to remain active and earn some extra cash. Other roles are full-time and we expect many posts to become permanent after the Christmas season. Whatever the job, we’ll be giving everyone working for us the tools they need to deliver a top service.”

You can find out more about the company by visiting our profile page for Yodel or find out more about the company’s jobs on this page of their site. But, don’t forget, you’ll find hundreds of full and part time holiday jobs all over the country by taking a look at what’s available in our Christmas jobs section.

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