With its history stretching back over 300 years, Post Office job vacancies offer candidates
the chance to be a part of this history whilst also serving a vital role within the UK’s communities.
Part of the Royal Mail Group, the Post Office was originally setup to deal with the
transactions of sending and receiving letters and dates back to 1635 when Charles I made is private mail
service available to the general public. The Post Office now has 14,300 branches open across the country and
these branches are categorised into three types of outlet. The Crown Office branches can be seen in city
centres, whilst they also have smaller outlets in villages and towns which are run by
subpostmasters/subpostmistresses. These smaller branches are often combined with a shop such as a newsagents or
grocers, making them a focal store within the community. For more rural locations, the post office also
provides Outreach services which include mobile Post Offices which offer services from local churches or
There have been great advancements since the Post Office’s 17th century beginning and its
branches are now equipped to handle many different kinds of transactions. The modern day functions of the Post
Office now include:
Postal services for the sending and receiving of mail items
Financial and banking services covering personal loans, car and home insurance, credit card,
savings and investment products and bill payments
Travel services covering foreign currency exchange, travel insurance, passport application checking
and sending service
Home telephone (HomePhone) and broadband internet service, directory enquiries, phone cards and
Postal orders, gift vouchers and cards, National Lottery products, car tax and licence
With over 170 products and services available, serving over 22 million customers per week and
handling cash to the value of £90 billion per year, the Post Office is the largest retail and
financial services chain in the UK.
The Post Office has the more typical job vacancies in IT, Finance, Human Resources,
Marketing and Sales. There are also roles in their Banking and Financial Services teams. These positions are
available at their Head Office in London.
However, if you are not looking for a job at their Head Office in London, there are also job
opportunities within the Post Office branches. These opportunities include:
Subpostmaster, Subpostmistress or Agent – for someone with the ambition and
ability to run a successful business that serves the community, you may want to consider running your own Post
Office branch in rural, suburban or high street location.
Franchises – if you already own your own retail business or are looking to
open one, there are also opportunities to expand and maximise your sales potential by incorporating a Post
Counter Clerks – for every Post Office branch or counter, there is also a
need for clerks who serve the customers within the community. Clerks also have the responsibility of offering
professional advice to customers who seek information about the hundreds of products offered by the Post
Cash Services – this team of individuals deal with the money generated by
the Post Office, banks and high street stores, and are also responsible for the balancing of accounts and
transporting cash to numerous Post Office customers.