Around 1,500 new full-time jobs are to be created in the UK by European parcel delivery firm DPD.
The company, which is a member of GeoPost and is owned by La Poste, is said to be creating the new jobs to help keep up with online retail demands. 500 jobs are thought to be created in the next 12 months as a result of the expansion.
£100m will be spent in the creation of up to five new parcel sorting sites in the Midlands area and investment will also be spent on updating two existing parcel hubs in order to improve their service.
The company, a part of the second largest postal group in Europe, has seen a rapid rise in the number of online orders. In the last two years online custom has generated over £70m of revenue for the company. It’s thought the launch of their GPS tracked one hour delivery time slot has contributed to the popularity of online ordering and spending.
During the next year and a half DPD also plans to spend £12m to build 10 new depots across the country. As well as creating and refurbishing sites the company will also be investing in new IT equipment and GPS systems.
DPD has over 4,000 employees at present and the new positions will include admin, warehouse staff and drivers.
The company plans to invest a total of £175 million on the developments.