Royal Mail to create 150 jobs in Hampshire

Daily Echo: Royal Mail to create 150 jobs in Hampshire Royal Mail to create 150 jobs in Hampshire

ROYAL Mail is to create 150 new jobs in Hampshire as it expands its £4.2billion parcels business.

A new depot will be opened in the county in the next two years which will create the delivery and collection jobs, Royal Mail will announce today.

It's part of a £75 million investment programme to grow its express parcels business in the UK creating 1,000 new jobs across the country. The news comes after a series of jobs blows to the local economy.

Ford last week announced cost cutting plans to close its Southampton plant next July putting more than 500 jobs at risk.

And British Gas is closing its city call centre by the end of this year with a further 500 job losses.

Earlier this month financial services giant Skandia also said it was due to axe 200 jobs, with the firm’s Southampton headquarters bearing the brunt, and at the start of October B&Q announced that 220 jobs would be going as part of a “restructuring” at the Chandler’s Ford-based firm.

Commenting on the Royal Mail announcement, Hampshire Chamber chief executive Jimmy Chestnutt said: “This is clearly good news and will be important for the county but will not offset the gap left by the loss of skilled manufacturing jobs in the heart of Southampton at Ford.”

Employment minister and Fareham MP Mark Hoban added: “It is great news that 1,000 new jobs will be created across the country as a result of this investment.

"We've now got a record number of people in employment and these jobs will provide welcome opportunities for people who are looking for work.”

Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber also welcomed the announcement.

He said: "Following the very bad news last week on the closure of the Ford plant in Southampton, I warmly welcome today's Royal Mail Group announcement that they are creating up to 150 new jobs in Hampshire as part of a £75 million investment programme for their UK express parcels business and opening a new depot in Hampshire within the next two years.

"Despite the current economic climate Hampshire's underlying economy remains strong and we are always looking for ways to increase inward investment, grow the regional economy and create the structures and initiatives for businesses to thrive. "

But a Royal Mail spokesman said no decision had been made on the location of the new Hampshire depot.

In the last financial year, Royal Mail parcels businesses accounted for 48 per cent, or £4.2 billion, of its of total revenues, excluding the Post Office. It is being driven by a rise in shopping over the internet, which grew by 20 per cent in the past year, and is expected to grow even more.

Royal Mail Group’s chief executive Moya Greene said: “Our £75 million investment is part of Royal Mail Group’s strategy to grow its parcels businesses in the UK and overseas.

“Our strategy is to convert the rise in parcel volumes in to profitable growth. That means becoming a much more customer-focused company being run on commercial lines and investing in new, vital technology.”

“The investment will enable Royal Mail Group’s express parcels business to meet the rapid growth in demand in the business-to-business, business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer markets.”

Another new depot will be open in Cornwall and a further nine existing depots either expanded or moved to larger sites over the next four years.

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8:15am Tue 30 Oct 12

rudolph_hucker says...

"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..."
Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living? rudolph_hucker

8:27am Tue 30 Oct 12

elvisimo says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
Phone them and ask.
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]Phone them and ask. elvisimo

8:31am Tue 30 Oct 12

rudolph_hucker says...

elvisimo wrote:
rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
Phone them and ask.
Or post them a letter
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]Phone them and ask.[/p][/quote]Or post them a letter rudolph_hucker

8:52am Tue 30 Oct 12

chapelsaint says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
Phone them and ask.
Or post them a letter
By the time a letter gets there it will be a done deal!
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]Phone them and ask.[/p][/quote]Or post them a letter[/p][/quote]By the time a letter gets there it will be a done deal! chapelsaint

9:26am Tue 30 Oct 12

Georgem says...

Brilliant. Jobs created. Let's imply they're not good enough.
Brilliant. Jobs created. Let's imply they're not good enough. Georgem

9:51am Tue 30 Oct 12

Queen Victoria says...

At the moment with all their cut backs Parcels are arriving 4-5 days late, I wonder if it will make any difference!
At the moment with all their cut backs Parcels are arriving 4-5 days late, I wonder if it will make any difference! Queen Victoria

10:23am Tue 30 Oct 12

ohec says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..."
Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it. ohec

10:56am Tue 30 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

ohec wrote:
rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..."
Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it.
Will it keep a bike on the road? Most certainly.
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it.[/p][/quote]Will it keep a bike on the road? Most certainly. Ginger_cyclist

11:22am Tue 30 Oct 12

bazzeroz says...

Deutsche Post......... you know it makes sense! Won't be long 'til it's owned by them. Royal Mail spent all that money setting up 'local' collection/sorting offices when there was ample facilities before. Now the postie doesn't give a fig whether you're in or not and just sticks a card through your letterbox for you to collect! (Yes, I know you can have it redelivered if you call them or return the card but, the system doesn't work) I have left notices on my door to deliver to a neighbour and what do they do? ignore it! We now get our post up to 10pm, 10pm ffs! One night I saw a postie using his lighter to read the address on the letters! Fcucking crazy!
Deutsche Post......... you know it makes sense! Won't be long 'til it's owned by them. Royal Mail spent all that money setting up 'local' collection/sorting offices when there was ample facilities before. Now the postie doesn't give a fig whether you're in or not and just sticks a card through your letterbox for you to collect! (Yes, I know you can have it redelivered if you call them or return the card but, the system doesn't work) I have left notices on my door to deliver to a neighbour and what do they do? ignore it! We now get our post up to 10pm, 10pm ffs! One night I saw a postie using his lighter to read the address on the letters! Fcucking crazy! bazzeroz

11:24am Tue 30 Oct 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
ohec wrote:
rudolph_hucker wrote:
"which will create the delivery and collection jobs..."
Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?
That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it.
Will it keep a bike on the road? Most certainly.
Unfortunately ..... yes you are probably correct
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: "which will create the delivery and collection jobs..." Will these jobs pay enough for folk to have a decent standard of living?[/p][/quote]That rather depends on your interpretation of a decent standard of living, will it pay the rent and put food on the table yes, will it keep up the payments on the Range Rover as well i doubt it.[/p][/quote]Will it keep a bike on the road? Most certainly.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately ..... yes you are probably correct Lone Ranger.

11:29am Tue 30 Oct 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Great news with the investment in new jobs etc aspecially if it was to be or around Southampton
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Bet the Blue Dinosaur wouldnt be happy with that ....... as nobody will invest in Labour Southampton
Great news with the investment in new jobs etc aspecially if it was to be or around Southampton . Bet the Blue Dinosaur wouldnt be happy with that ....... as nobody will invest in Labour Southampton Lone Ranger.

8:53am Wed 31 Oct 12

i-speak-the-truth says...

Lone Ranger. Nowhere in that article does it say the new depot will be in Southampton. To quote the Royal Mail spokesman, "no decision had been made on the location".

As for pay rates it seems between £6.20ph (day shift) and £7.84 (night shot) in the already existing Southampton depot.
Lone Ranger. Nowhere in that article does it say the new depot will be in Southampton. To quote the Royal Mail spokesman, "no decision had been made on the location". As for pay rates it seems between £6.20ph (day shift) and £7.84 (night shot) in the already existing Southampton depot. i-speak-the-truth

8:58am Wed 31 Oct 12

i-speak-the-truth says...

Sorry, that was supposed to be 'night shift', not 'night shot'.
Sorry, that was supposed to be 'night shift', not 'night shot'. i-speak-the-truth

11:12am Wed 31 Oct 12

Lone Ranger. says...

i-speak-the-truth wrote:
Lone Ranger. Nowhere in that article does it say the new depot will be in Southampton. To quote the Royal Mail spokesman, "no decision had been made on the location".

As for pay rates it seems between £6.20ph (day shift) and £7.84 (night shot) in the already existing Southampton depot.
You find it diificult to read do you ??
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I posted "especially if it was to be or around Southampton.
.
I didnt say it was
[quote][p][bold]i-speak-the-truth[/bold] wrote: Lone Ranger. Nowhere in that article does it say the new depot will be in Southampton. To quote the Royal Mail spokesman, "no decision had been made on the location". As for pay rates it seems between £6.20ph (day shift) and £7.84 (night shot) in the already existing Southampton depot.[/p][/quote]You find it diificult to read do you ?? . I posted "especially if it was to be or around Southampton. . I didnt say it was Lone Ranger.

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