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End of year sales, we all go crazy for a bargain

Posted on Jan 5th 2015

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s rush and the New Year Sales approaching for UK retailers this is one of their busiest time of year for seasonal recruitment drives and the influx of temporary workers

The Christmas demand for many of our well known high street retailers has gone into disarray by the success of retailers’ Black Friday promotions, when an estimated £810m was spent online in a single day – almost 50% more than industry experts had predicted.

As a result, many retailers, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, are still trying to clear backlogs of orders. Debenhams’ website carries the warning that “due to Black Friday demand, some of our standard deliveries may run late

To cope with the Christmas trading period, Amazon is hiring an additional 13,000 staff and Royal Mail is bringing in 19,000 temporary recruits.  Aldi  has also announced it will create a further 35,000 jobs over the course of the next eight years, signalling a  £600  million expansion across the UK which will double the number of its employees.

It’s no surprise that Parcel Delivery firms are bringing in additional workers to cope with the increase in demand. UK parcel carrier Yodel is hiring 5,000 new part-time and full-time staff to cope with expectations it will handle one million parcels a day in the run-up to Christmas this year.

The company said that the jobs will include 750 warehouse staff for its parcel sorting centres, 760 in-house drivers and 470 self-employed drivers providing their own vehicles.

The planned hiring figure also includes 2,830 self-employed couriers to deliver parcels within their local areas.

Away from the front line of delivery, Yodel will also be hiring 135 customer service and admin staff, 40 service delivery managers, three operations managers and three service centre managers, it said.

The ideal scenario would be for some of the temporary contracts to turn into full time employment for these workers to curb the unemployment trends for the following year and grant more opportunities for seasonal employees.

Interesting fact: "Black Friday" used to refer to stock market crashes in the 1800s.