Fastway Couriers is ramping up its delivery operations, recruiting over 600 seasonal roles including drivers and warehouse staff throughout its network, to support the expected increase in delivery volumes' for the remainder of the year.

Unprecedented online growth is driving demand for parcel deliveries and Fastway expects to be busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

"Online growth isn't unusual year on year for the last 15 years but we have seen upwards of 50% on what we would usually expect on a daily basis, so we expect peak season to be much higher than that," Fastway chief executive Danny Hughes said. 

The company is able to track Irish and international parcels.

Mr Hughes said that while Fastway has seen an increase in packages from abroad at rates of 40-50% compared to last year, it has also seen an 80-100% increase in parcels from Irish businesses.

"There is a reset in that regard and a definite shift towards Irish businesses," Mr Hughes said, "and that's something that we are pleased to support."

Fastway Couriers introduced a contactless delivery procedure during Lockdown, which continues,.

It has also made available downloadable window signs for anybody self-isolating to give instructions to the courier on where to leave the parcel.

Fastway is recruiting 600 people across the country, 500 of whom will be delivery drivers. 

More information is available on jobs@fastway.ie or people can visit the website at fastway.ie/jobs for more details.