Preston jobs: Royal Mail hiring for festive period - salary and how to apply

Various seasonal roles are up for grabs at Royal Mail hubs across the North West

Monday, 12th October 2020, 3:12 pm

The Royal Mail is calling for thousands of temporary workers in the North West to join its ranks over the Christmas period - with jobs currently available in Preston.

The festive season is the busiest time of the year for the mail service, even amid the ongoing pandemic, meaning extra help is always needed to ensure letters and parcels arrive in time for the big day.

Seasonal workers wanted

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Will you be applying?

Temporary mail sorters are being recruited across the region this winter, including at Preston Mail Centre.

The job involves unloading mail and parcels from vans, and sorting them in the warehouse to ensure they arrive at their destination safely.

Royal Mail is looking for workers who:

- enjoy working to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

- are proactive and detail focused

- are flexible and adaptable to work on various tasks during a shift

- are able to push trolleys (up to 250kgs) and lift and move mail bags up to 11kg

- can stand for long periods of time

No previous experience is needed for the role, but you must be comfortable working in shifts.

When you apply, you will be able to select the shift patterns that best suit you, with earlies, lates, nights and weekend shifts available at most centres. If your application is successful, you will be offered a role based on the shift preferences you choose in your application, so be sure to select them carefully.

However, it is not guaranteed that you will be given your preferred shifts, as these are offered on a first come first serve basis, with shift times varying depending on the amount of mail going through the centres.

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Where are roles available?

Various seasonal roles are currently up for grabs at Royal Mail hubs across the North West, including mail sorters and mail processors.

Jobs are available at the following sites:

- Preston Mail Centre

- Carlisle Mail Centre

- Chester Mail Centre

- Warrington Mail Centre

How much will I be paid?

The pay is hourly and ranges from £8.72 to £9.40 per hour for a mail sorting role.

Casual mail processors will be paid between £9.60 per hour to £12.30 per hour.

How do I apply?

To apply for the role, simply visit Royal Mail’s careers website online and fill out an application.

If you are registered with Angard for work with Royal Mail, you don’t need to apply for Christmas Casual work. You can speak to your Angard representative via the website for more information.

If you are under the age of 18, you are not legally allowed to work night shifts.

Royal Mail also advises that you do not apply for a Christmas role at more than one location, as you may still be considered for other sites close to your local area. Any multiple applications will be deleted.

For more information on the role, visit