The number of people shopping online has increased over the past few months. As a result, delivery company Hermes has announced over 10,000 new jobs (investing £100 million) to keep up with the surge in demand.
What jobs are on offer?
Hermes aims to recruit 9,000 new self-employed couriers, who will transport parcels to customers’ homes.
The company will also employ 1,500 full-time staff members, including drivers, warehouse workers and other employees, who will be based at its Yorkshire head office.
The firm is expecting the festive period in particular to be busier than usual, predicting that it will transport around 3.5 million parcels a day. This is nearly double what the company delivered last Christmas.
When can I apply?
Hermes has said that recruitment for all roles has now begun, ahead of the busy peak season.
Hermes Chief Executive, Martijn de Lange, said, "This is good news for the many people who have sadly had their income affected and we are pleased to be able to support the UK economy with so many jobs at this time.
“The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing. As a result, it is important that we have the right infrastructure and people in place to support this.”
How can I apply?
To apply for a job with Hermes, visit the company’s career page.
Decline of the high street
The closures of shops during the lockdown period, and many people now opting for online shopping, has seen a further decline in the UK’s high streets.
Numerous companies, including Boots and M&S, have recently announced job cuts, with department store chains such as John Lewis and Debenhams closing multiple shops - again leading to further job losses.
Marks & Spencer is to cut 950 jobs at its head office and stores, with Boots set to cut 4,000 roles, and the closures of eight John Lewis shops will put 1,300 jobs at risk.