Seasonal Mail Sorters - Yorkshire Distribution Centre (Normanton/Wakefield)

Date: 09-Oct-2021

Location: NORMANTON, GB, WF6 2XX

Company: Royal Mail Group

Put your stamp on Christmas – become a Seasonal Mail Sorter at Royal Mail

Unsurprisingly, Christmas is the busiest time of year at Royal Mail. And with so many parcels and letters flowing through our warehouse, we always need a few thousand extra hands! Every year over the holiday season, temporary flexible workers from all walks of life help us to get everything where it needs to go.




£11.40 p/h (days) to £13.70 p/h (nights).


Most sites offer a range of shifts, so finding one that suits you should be simple. Typical shift patterns include:


  • Earlies: Attendances across Monday to Sunday, 06:00 - 14:00
  • Lates: Attendances across Monday to Sunday, 14:00 - 22:00
  • Nights: Attendances across Monday to Sunday, 22:00 - 06:00 


Unwrap a new role

Just like Mr & Mrs Claus, you’ll play a key role in bringing Christmas to people across the UK!


Processing of parcels and containers takes place in the Regional Distribution Centres (RDC). Within the RDC, operations include cross docking – which can be road to rail as well as road to road, parcel processing, bulk mail processing, mail consolidation and the processing of mail order returns. RDCs are 24 hour-7 day a week operations. The role involves working as part of a friendly team to achieve tight deadlines


  • Cross docking involves the unloading of wheeled containers from incoming vehicles, moving them to the correct despatch lane and then loading them to outgoing transport. This work is active and physically rewarding.  It involves a significant amount of walking each day, equivalent to 5 miles or more.
  • Parcel processing requires scanning and identification of parcel destination by either code number or postcode and placing mail into the correct wheeled container for despatch. This can be done manually or via an automated conveyor system with parcels picked from a moving belt. Once containers are full, they will be pushed to the correct despatch area and loaded onto vehicles.
  • Bulk mail is received from customers in a variety of containers and can be in mail bags, trays or bundled and is sorted by code number to an appropriate container for despatch. These containers will then be moved to the despatch lanes and loaded onto trailers.
  • Returns are posted by receiving customers for sorting back to the posting customer. These have to be sorted to the correct posting customer and scanned before being loaded onto vehicles for delivery.
  • Mail consolidation is the moving of mail from one container to another more appropriate for the conveyance of the work.


Our Christmas wish list for Mail Sorters


  • You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • You’re proactive and detail-focused
  • You’re flexible and happy to switch between various tasks during a shift
  • You’re able to push trolleys (up to 250kgs) and lift and move mail bags (up to 11kg)
  • You can comfortably stand for long periods
  • You don’t need to have worked for us before (we love new people!), but experience in warehouse or sorting work is a plus. If you’ve worked for Amazon or another distribution company (such as DPD, DHL or XPO), then you’re definitely on our wish list too!


Fancy joining us this Christmas? Just click to apply.


  • Please only apply for a Christmas role at one location. You may be considered for other sites in your local area, but multiple applications will be deleted.
  • On your application, we’ll ask which hours you’d prefer to work. So that we can process your application effectively, please ensure that you choose one of the shift patterns above*. Shifts are offered on a first come, first serve basis. And while we try to be accommodating, flexibility is a must during our busiest time of year.
  • If you’ve registered with Angard for Royal Mail work, you don’t need to apply for a Christmas casual role. Just visit: and speak to an Angard representative for more information.
  • We do our best to make Royal Mail a safe environment to work. This includes regular cleans of our warehouse and sorting facilities.



Can’t wait to get started? Our roles get snapped up, so complete each stage of the progress quickly to avoid disappointment.


*If you’re under 18, you can’t legally work night shifts.

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