Yodel creates 2,950 roles in time for Christmas peak

Yodel is recruiting 2,950 new colleagues across the country in preparation for what is expected to be the busiest festive period in recent history.

The new roles include a total of 2,500 self-employed and 450 employed opportunities, including couriers and parcel sorters at one of Yodel’s 50 locations nationwide.

The UK independent parcel carrier's recruitment drive is in response to the demand for online retail, which has increased dramatically during 2020. The COVID-19 enforced lockdown stimulated a shift in consumer behaviour as shoppers recognised the benefits of ordering goods online.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that internet sales made up 32.8 per cent of the total retail sales in the country during May, a record high, and have remained significantly above pre-lockdown levels since.

This trend is expected to continue in the winter months as consumers look to finalise their Christmas shopping as conveniently as possible while social distancing restrictions remain in place.

The announcement follows Yodel’s investment plans to create a brand new Northern 'super-hub' to support the business’s long-term growth and keep up with demands for deliveries.

Chief executive Mike Hancox commented: “The ongoing growth in online retail is set to continue into the festive season as consumers flock to buy gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

"We’re expecting this peak period to be higher in intensity and longer in duration than ever before as people look to prepare for Christmas earlier.”

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