Hermes aims to increase its UK workforce by close to 50% and will invest about £100 million this year to expand capacity as parcel volumes surge amid the continuing pandemic-driven e-commerce boom. The company plans to add about 1,500 full-time staff to its current 4,500 employees, including warehouse workers, drivers, managers and supervisors. It also hopes to sign up about 9,000 more self-employed couriers in addition to the 20,000 people who deliver Hermes parcels in the UK at present. The overall workforce would thus grow by roughly 43% from about 24,500 at present to approximately 35,000 by the end of this year. Recruitment is starting now in advance of the busy peak season. Martijn de Lange, CEO at Hermes UK, said: “The pandemic has expedited the already phenomenal growth of online shopping and we see no sign of this changing. As a result, it is important that we have the right infrastructure and people in place to support this.