REGIONAL NEWS: Parcel carrier Yodel to create 1,187 jobs in the Midlands

Yodel is to take on more than 1,100 staff ahead of the festive period
Yodel is to take on more than 1,100 staff ahead of the festive period

Parcel carrier Yodel is to take on 1,187 part-time and full-time staff across the Midlands ahead of the festive period.

The firm is to employ staff across the area, including at Alfreton.

It is recruiting 95 directly employed drivers, who will be provided with Yodel branded uniforms and a liveried van.

A further 550 owner drivers, who will be required to provide their own vans will also be taken on. Both sets of drivers will be based at their local service centres and provided with hand held computers to help plan their routes and scan parcels as they go on their delivery and collection rounds.

A further 497 self-employed couriers will also be joining the company, using their own cars to deliver and collect smaller parcels from customers. Self-employed couriers are based from home and carry out deliveries in their own neighbourhood. Couriers’ hours are more flexible, making it the ideal choice for anyone who requires a job that can fit around other commitments, such as child-care, hobbies or other part-time work.

Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel, said: “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.”

For more information on the vacancies, see http://careers.yodel.co.uk.