CitySprint is looking to recruit an additional 300 couriers ahead of its Christmas peak.

In response to a 318.7% increase in parcel volumes last December, compared to the monthly average for the rest of the year, it is hoping to take on additional delivery staff to handle what it predicts will be an even larger peak.

Chief executive Patrick Gallagher said: “We’re anticipating that this will be our busiest Christmas yet, so we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure we’re ready for the rush, and we’re urging our retail customers to do the same.”

It made over 500,000 deliveries throughout November and December last year, experiencing its busiest day on 23 December.

Last month CitySprint launched MyTime, which offers a one hour delivery window for delivery.

Gallagher added: “Consumers’ expectations are higher than ever and shoppers now expect delivery to be on their terms. The retail and delivery industries need to work together to make sure that they are offering consumers delivery options that suit their lifestyles this Christmas.”