Spirit of France

P&O Ferries takes on 140 new staff as millions of summer tourists cross the Channel

MORE than 140 seasonal jobs have been created in Kent this August as P&O Ferries ramps up its operations on the English Channel for the peak summer season.

The ferry and logistics company - which runs six ships on the Dover-Calais route including the 47,000-ton flagships Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France - expects to carry almost one million passengers between Britain and the Continent in the month of August alone.

It has significantly expanded its workforce to cope with the additional number of tourists expected to travel during peak season this year, with the majority of jobs going to local people from Kent.

More than 100 people have been recruited to work on board the ships themselves in positions such as chefs and assistant stewards. Another 20 new recruits will help with the company's operations at the Port of Dover, with roles including port drivers and mooring operatives.

P&O Ferries' warehouse at Whitfield, which supplies its fleet of more than 20 ships sailing around the British Isles, has taken on six new people to cope with the summer rush. And the company's call centre at Channel House in Dover has recruited 15 new faces for the duration of peak season.

Janette Bell, Managing Director of P&O Ferries, said: "In addition to being one of the major employers in Kent, it is not always realised that we also employ well over 100 temporary workers during the height of summer. Many of these roles will be filled by students who have just graduated, young people entering the workforce for the first time, or people from households who simply want a second income for part of the year."

"I can assure our customers that every one of the people we employ will be dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of service at P&O Ferries. And anyone interested in working for us next summer can log on to to register for job alerts."

P&O Ferries' announced last month that it had carried more freight across the English Channel in the first six months of 2017 than in any first half of the year in its modern history.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year. 

Posted on 27/07/2017