21 July 2020 12:42
Want the best Coventry and Warwickshire news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up here! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Delivery giant Hermes will create more than 10,000 new jobs in the UK as it invests £100 million to meet the demand from stay-at-home shoppers. Hermes, which has a national hub at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton, said it is dealing with a massive spike in online shopping caused by the coronavirus lockdown. It will take on around 1,500 new full-time staff, including workers at its Yorkshire head office, warehouse staff and drivers.
It will also create another 9,000 opportunities for self-employed couriers up and down the country. Shopping in lockdown Shoppers have turned to the internet instead of the closed high street during lockdown. High street retailers are trying to attract more customers through their doors after shops were allowed to reopen. However, Hermes said it thought online shopping would not lose ground even as the high street welcomes customers back. "The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing," said chief executive Martijn de Lange.
Hermes UK said it had already invested more than £30 million in its operations, part of which was used to open 90 new sub-depots, and buy new vans. Delivery giant Hermes is creating 10,500 new jobs in the UK and investing 100 million pounds to expand its capacity to meet huge demand as online shopping booms. The company is looking for 9,000 self-employed couriers and 1,500 full-time staff, some of which will work at the company's head office in Yorkshire. Recruitment for the positions has already begun. The UK has seen a boom in online shopping in recent months caused initially by lockdown and now by many consumers' reluctance to return to physical stores.
The firm, which made £749million in revenue from its UK operations for the year to February 2019, is to take on 1,500 full-time staff, to include some head office workers as well as warehouse workers, managers and supervisors. It is also creating a further 9,000 positions for self-employed couriers. Hermes, which currently has 4,515 staff and 20,000 couriers, has experienced a spike in demand caused by the coronavirus lockdown. "The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing," said chief executive Martijn de Lange. We look forward to welcoming our new recruits over the coming weeks." The volume of parcels it handles is set to almost double to 3.5m a day during Black Friday and the run-up to Christmas, the company said. Pictured: Hermes' tech hub in Leeds Delivery giant Hermes has said it plans to create some 10,500 jobs in the UK after seeing a surge in demand from people shopping at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The mooted roles include 1,500 full-time positions across its head office and delivery network and a further 9,000 freelance couriers, according to the BBC. In creating the new roles, Hermes said it would also not accept any money from the government's job retention bonus scheme. Hermes boss Martijn de Lange said: "The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing." Hermes UK is looking to create more than 10,500 jobs to help cover the surging demand of online shopping during lockdown. The company announced they are investing £100 million to expand its capacity, creating thousands of jobs in the process. Hermes UK say they are looking for around 1500 full-time staff, including some roles at its head office in Yorkshire. Other roles across the UK network available include drivers, warehouse operatives, managers and supervisors. There are also opportunities for another 9K self-employed couriers nationwide. Recruitment for all roles is starting now in advance of the busy peak season, during Black Friday and Christmas, where they expect to hand 3.5 million parcels each day – almost double the amount from last year. Martijn de Lange, CEO 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."