Liverpool's Yodel to create almost 3,000 new jobs ahead of Christmas

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Liverpool-based online delivery giant Yodel is creating almost 3,000 jobs ahead of what it expects to be the "busiest festive period in recent history".

The independent parcel carrier, headquartered at Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock, will hire 2,500 self-employed and 450 employed roles at its 50 locations nationwide.

Demand for online retail has increased "dramatically" this year the firm said, and it expects this Christmas to be one of the busiest ever.

Yodel CEO Mike Hancox said: “The ongoing growth in online retail is set to continue into the festive season as consumers flock to buy gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

“We’re expecting this peak period to be higher in intensity and longer in duration than ever before as people look to prepare for Christmas earlier.

“That’s why, as we prepare for a period of sustained demand, we are looking to welcome more than 2,900 new colleagues, bolstering our operations to ensure customers and clients receive the excellent service they deserve.

“At Yodel we pride ourselves on our people, and our colleagues all enjoy the team spirit and opportunity to play a part in important community initiatives such delivering food to NHS hospitals.”

The announcement follows the firm's investment plans to create a brand new Northern super-hub to support the business’s long-term growth and keep up with demands for deliveries.