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Temporary vacancies at some sites now £9.50 or £10.50 per hour upwards*

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Your Christmas sorted

A Christmas jumper, a letter headed to the North Pole or festive online shopping? These are just some of the millions of items that pass through our mail centres at Christmas time.

Join us as a Christmas temporary worker at one of our mail centres and you'll help to sort these and many other exciting parcels and letters for 30 million addresses across the UK. You can earn upwards of £10.50 per hour in some of our London sites, and at least £9.50 per hour at some of our key sites outside of London*. We've got a mix of full and part time positions available, and a range of early, late and night shifts from early November through until the New Year.

* Pay rates are relevant to shift patterns and location – please check application page for full details.

Who we're looking for...

You'll need to be flexible and adaptable in your approach to work and it's essential that you are able to move seamlessly between one role and another in order to keep the mail moving.

You'll be punctual, detail focused and comfortable standing for long periods at a time. You'll also be able to remain calm during a particularly busy period. It's a welcoming, diverse environment where you can make a real impact in the successful delivery of mail across the UK.

Hear from our people

Don't just take our word for it, hear from Jo, Linda, Chris and Tom in our video profiles. Whether you are looking for a little extra money for Christmas or a flexible, diverse environment to work in, our temporary Christmas work could be just right for you.

Frequently asked questions

What does the assessment process look like and how long will it take?

What does the assessment process look like and how long will it take?

After filling out your online application you will then be invited to a registration event at or near your preferred location. There is no formal assessment or interview, but you will have to provide proof of identification, right to work in the UK, address and National Insurance Number, as well as a copy of your online application form for our document checkers to review. This process should take no long than an hour, however the events do get busy so please be patient. If all is in order then you will be provisionally offered a job on the day, on the provision that you pass our security checks.

What opportunities are there for advancement?

What opportunities are there for advancement?

Providing that there are longer term opportunities available past Christmas, you may be taken on if you impress.

What hours will I work?

What hours will I work?

This depends on what role you apply for, and can range from part-time to full-time hours of work. Flexibility is key and you may well be asked to work more hours than you are scheduled for, but this will be confirmed on a site-by-site basis.

Where would my role fit within the organisation?

Where would my role fit within the organisation?

The vast majority of our roles are based at our Mail Centres, and will involve sorting both inbound and outbound mail into relevant areas. You will be an integral part to our Christmas operation and helping to deliver Christmas to the whole of the UK.

What will I receive when I join?

What will I receive when I join?

By the time you have started you should have received a welcome pack, ID badge and a high visibility vest if required.

What are the key things I need to know about working in Royal Mail?

What are the key things I need to know about working in Royal Mail?

We provide a great opportunity at an important part of the year. Customers are at the very heart of everything we do, so providing a high quality of work at our busiest time of the year is very important to us. You will be handling confidential items and so being reliable and trustworthy is essential.

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We have thousands of vacancies available nationwide, with our first roles available for the beginning of November. Click below to apply now, and help deliver a warm glow this Christmas.