Yodel to hire 4300 new staff ahead of festive online delivery spike

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Yodel is set to hire over 4300 seasonal staff as it prepares for the festive ecommerce delivery spike but faces staff shortages across its supply chain.

Yodel, one of the UK’s largest parcel couriers, is set to hire 4311 new staff ahead of the festive period across 50 locations in the UK.

The roles will span its entire supply chain, including couriers, parcel sorters and warehouse operatives.

“We expect the ongoing growth in online retail will continue in the winter months as consumers look to finalise their Black Friday and Christmas shopping for friends, family and loved ones as conveniently as possible,” Yodel’s chief executive Mike Hancox said.

READ MORE: Royal Mail to hire 20,000 seasonal workers to deal with upcoming Christmas online shopping spike

“There’s a huge breadth of roles available, with many presenting an opportunity to grow into long-term careers. By joining Yodel you’ll become part of a nationwide family and have options to work either full or part-time to suit your lifestyle.”

It comes as the UK faces a labour shortage crisis, with both delivery drivers and warehouse workers in desperately short supply.

Last month the UK Warehousing Association’s chief executive Clare Bottle said the UK is facing a deficit of tens of thousands of entry level workers, forcing warehouse managers to bump up pay by between 20 and 30 per cent in increasingly desperate efforts to attract staff.

One senior executive at major British retailer, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said: “I can’t honestly think of a time in the last 20 years when labour intense UK industries have faced a problem like this.”

According to KPMG, demand for temporary workers and the near-record fall in candidate availability is seeing wages rise at their fastest pace on record.

Just last week Yodel rival Royal Mail announced plans to hire 20,000 seasonal staff to deal with the upcoming spike in online deliveries.

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