Spirit of France

P&O Ferries hires 130 new employees for peak summer tourist season

One of Kent's leading employers has taken on more than 130 new members of staff this summer to help serve the millions of tourists expected to sail between Britain and France. 

P&O Ferries, the integrated ferry and logistics company, runs six ships on the Dover-Calais route including the 47,000-ton flagships Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France. With the hot weather making the ferry experience an even more attractive way of starting a summer holiday, the company expects to carry more than one million passengers between Britain and the Continent in the month of August alone.

It has taken on more short-term employees to cope with the expected number of tourists and the majority of positions are being filled by local people from Kent, some of whom will be starting their first jobs.

More than 80 people have been recruited to work on board the ships themselves in positions such as chefs and assistant stewards. Another 27 new recruits will help with the company's operations at the Port of Dover, with roles including port drivers and mooring operatives.

P&O summer staff

P&O Ferries' warehouse at Whitfield, which supplies its fleet of more than 20 ships sailing around the British Isles, has taken on 5 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.

Lesley Cotton, Divisional HR Director at P&O Ferries, said: "We have been one of Kent's leading employers for many years and this summer we are delighted to have taken on 130 new people to help make the P&O Ferries experience even more special for more than a million tourists travelling to and from their holidays."

"We recruit from a wide range of backgrounds including students who have just graduated, people entering the workforce for the first time and others who simply wanted to try something different for part of the year."

"Everyone at P&O Ferries will be doing their utmost to ensure that our customers' holiday begins as soon as they set foot on our ships. And anyone who might be interested in working for us should log on to to register for job alerts."

Posted on 26/07/2018