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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hermes set to create more than 10000 jobs – Insider Media

Hermes set to create more than 10,000 jobs

Parcel delivery giant Hermes is set to create more than 10,000 jobs following a rise in home shopping during the Covid-19 outbreak.

About 1,500 full-time roles will be created across the company’s delivery network and head office, together with about 9,000 freelance couriers.

The self-employed couriers nationwide will have the option of becoming SE+ couriers with guaranteed holiday pay as part of Hermes’ deal with the GMB Union.

Hermes has invested more than £30m in its operation this year, including the opening of an additional 90 new sub depots, new vehicles and brand new customer service technology.

This will be used to strengthen the company’s infrastructure to enable it to handle its predicted parcels volumes of 3.5 million each day during the Black Friday and Christmas period – almost double last year.

Martijn de Lange, chief executive at Hermes UK, said: “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.

“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.

“In that first fortnight of lockdown we had thousands of applications from pub staff, chefs, children’s entertainers, dog walkers, pub singers, beauticians, hairdressers, pilots and many, many others. We look forward to welcoming our new recruits over the coming weeks.”

Hermes currently has two parcel hubs and 28 depots across the UK, with 18,000 couriers and 3,700 employees.

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