As you’d expect, Christmas and the weeks leading up to the festive season are one of the busiest times for the transport and storage industry, especially if you’re a delivery driver. Which is why there’s probably no better time to be looking for driving or parcel delivery jobs. Royal Mail, Amazon, Yodel and UPS are just a few of the firms with driving jobs in locations all around the country. And, at this busy time, with so many competing for staff, you could benefit from rates of pay up to as much as £15 per hour.
Online shopping is delivering more profits
Already this year, big brands, such Argos have hired 52% more lorries and vans to keep up with demand on Black Friday. Of course, all these extra vehicles will need drivers. While there is no data available yet for the Christmas period, with the massive rise on online retail, we can expect a similar increase in delivery driver jobs in London, along with most major population centres in the UK, as more shoppers forego stressful trips to crowded shopping centres, opting to do more of their Christmas shopping online.
In fact, many companies have been hard at work expanding their online operations and fulfilment facilities meaning many more parcel delivery jobs across the board. Department store, John Lewis, for example, has just opened a new customer delivery hub in time for Xmas, meaning more delivery driver jobs in Southampton.
Many happy returns
Because more purchases are being made online, the number of returns are rising too. Whether it’s an unwanted gift, or a product that didn’t live up to expectations, all these returns have to find their way back to the company somehow. And, as many of these companies are virtual businesses, it’s up to delivery drivers to do that. Customers can no longer just foot it down to the High Street to exchange an ill-fitting jumper. Again, this means the average delivery driver is in big demand, creating further driving jobs.
More Christmas cheer for delivery drivers
A recent survey showed that over a third of shoppers plan to do their online Christmas shopping in the first two weeks of December, so there’s still plenty of opportunities for those looking parcel delivery jobs even at this late stage before Christmas. Many last minute shoppers are happy to fork out extra cash for same-day and premium one-hour-delivery services and some companies are even offering money back delivery guarantees if parcels aren’t received in time for Christmas. Obviously, delivering these on-demand delivery service services will also create more parcel delivery jobs. In the case of Hermes, a customer delivery firm that just opened a state-of-the-art parcel distribution centre in the Midlands, this will mean more delivery drivers in Rugby and the surrounding areas.
HGV/LGV and freight drivers are already enjoying a bonanza this year with imports into UK and road freight rising year-on-year. Even Royal Mail, having come under increasing pressure from rivals, such as Amazon, has successfully replaced lost business since privatisation in 2013 and seen an increase in parcel deliveries. This Christmas, the organisation has opened ten temporary sorting centres to cope with demand, meaning driving jobs in Leeds and driving jobs in Greater Manchester. Additional, there are opportunities for parcel delivery jobs in Peterborough, Wolverhampton and Milton Keynes.
For those looking for driving jobs, it would appear that, this Christmas, there’s more reasons to celebrate than ever.
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