Parcel carrier Yodel is creating over 2,000 seasonal roles across its 50 nationwide locations, as it prepares for the festive peak season.

The company has also launched a brand-new recruitment website which makes applying for new driver roles easier for candidates.

Announcing the recruitment drive for drivers and warehouse workers, Yodel said its consumer-to-consumer (C2C) operations have burgeoned this year with parcel volumes growing by 162% in just 12 months.

It attributed the growth in demand in part to the cost of living crisis which has seen an increase in customers using online marketplace sites, such as eBay and Vinted, to create additional sources of income or to shop for secondhand bargains.

This latest recruitment drive follows a series of infrastructure and fleet investments at the company, including the opening of a new site in Coventry and a £14.5m spend on new tractor units and double decker trailers, as it scales up operations for the busy pre-Christmas period.

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Mike Hancox, Yode chief executive, said: “Each year the industry looks to increase capacity in preparation for higher volumes over the Christmas peak, and with the continuing growth in the market we anticipate this festive season to be our busiest yet.

"Many of the roles available represent an opportunity to grow into long-term careers with progression into more senior positions. Working at Yodel gives you the flexibility to work either full or part-time to suit your lifestyle and is an opportunity to join a nationwide network of dedicated and committed colleagues.”

Yodel's future ownership is currently under question after the company confirmed in July that it had received a number of "unsolicited approaches" from potential buyers which are being reviewed by corporate finance advisory service Clearwater International.

The Barclay family, which owns Yodel, is currently suffering financial problems which recently saw Lloyds Banking Group -which is owed around £1bn by the family - seize control of its Telegraph newspapers and The Spectator magazine by forcing them into receivership.

Yodel is part of Logistics Group Holdings (LGH), which is also the holding company for ArrowXL, a delivery and installation service. Arrow XL is not a target of the unsolicited approaches.