International delivery firm Hermes has announced that it will be creating 10,500 new jobs due to the drastic increase in the number of online retail sales that have happened in the UK since March.
The coronavirus-enforced lockdown has had a devastating impact on high street retailers, however, there has been a surge of online sales as a result. Up to 1,500 full-time roles will be created across its delivery network and head office, with 9,000 freelance couriers being added to its network of more than 15,000 self-employed couriers across the UK.
Hermes Chief Executive Martijn de Lange 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.”
The German delivery firm also announced that it would be investing more than £100m during the coming months by adding new sub depots across the country.