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Working as a Postie?

  • 15-05-2021 12:07pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ frosty123


    What's it like working as a Postman/woman? in a rural Town area?

    Is it it a handy number or a pain in the ar$e? esp nowadays with online deliveries hitting the roof

    Any feedback appreciated.

    Thanks


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  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ frosty123


    anyone?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,200 ✭✭✭ con747


    All I know is I live in the middle of nowhere and my postman always say's he loves the job. I had a brother in law in Dublin who done it up there for 40 years and loved it as well. I would imagine newer contracts might not be as tempting as the old school posties got.


  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ frosty123


    con747 wrote: »
    I would imagine newer contracts might not be as tempting as the old school posties got.

    What'd you mean?


  • Registered Users Posts: 289 ✭✭ john jameson


    I'm not a post man but I'd imagen it's not a bad auld job!! Your out in the fresh air and meeting a few people along the way!! I'm sure like all jobs it has it good and bad days .


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,200 ✭✭✭ con747


    Just that i'm sure if you started as a postman 30 years ago versus today I doubt the same terms apply.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ frosty123


    A hell of alot busier? They're working Saturdays now (not that I'd mind that)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,200 ✭✭✭ con747


    In over 20 years living very rural where I am now I have never seen my postman on a Saturday apart from Christmas week. The cities and bigger towns they would i'm sure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,650 ✭✭✭ Nigel Fairservice


    con747 wrote: »
    Just that i'm sure if you started as a postman 30 years ago versus today I doubt the same terms apply.

    This is very true. My Dad was a postman for 50 years, he joined An Post in the early 1960s. At the time it was a civil/public service job and had all the protections that came with that. It's a totally different job today. There's a lot people there now on contract work I believe. I did a few stints in An Post on the sorting side. It was easy enough work. Delivery work would be tougher I imagine.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 22,620 ✭✭✭✭ beertons


    frosty123 wrote: »
    A hell of alot busier? They're working Saturdays now (not that I'd mind that)

    Overtime. And there's any amount available.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭ wandererz


    My postie seems happy all the time.

    I cannot say the same for myself.

    He cycles the an Post rickshaw to my area and knows people & what he's doing.
    I keep meaning to give him a bottle of wine except i always end up drinking it first. So it's just not acceptable.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 31 chaikhosi


    I'm in Dublin and we don't get post on Saturdays. Maybe the week before Xmas but definitely not the rest of the year. Our postie is always in a hurry but cheerful with it. Early starts but plenty of fresh air.


    con747 wrote: »
    In over 20 years living very rural where I am now I have never seen my postman on a Saturday apart from Christmas week. The cities and bigger towns they would i'm sure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭ Beckett99


    I've always fancied a job as a postie but I never see them advertised. I live in rural Ireland and it's more of a who-you-know set-up here to get a foot in the door, i.e son of an ex-postman got a job. It seems like a good enough job.


  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ frosty123


    Beckett99 wrote: »
    It seems like a good enough job.

    Yes, but is it nowadays?? with so much online deliveries is it stressy?


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,856 ✭✭✭✭ Tauriel


    I'm in an urban area and we have two postmen. One drives a small van delivering letters and small parcels, the other drives a larger van and delivers larger parcels. They appear to spilt who works on Saturday between them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 738 ✭✭✭ Paul_Mc1988


    Know a guy that started 6 months ago. Once your round is done you can go home. Most days he starts at 6 finishes at 10 or 11 and he still gets a full day's pay. They get paid extra for packages and leaflets but don't have to do them if they don't want to. He says it's the handiest number he has ever had. Money is average but if you want a good work life balance I'd say go for it


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,698 ✭✭✭ enricoh


    It seems less stressful than working for any of the courier companies anyway!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,672 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore


    Beckett99 wrote: »
    I've always fancied a job as a postie but I never see them advertised. I live in rural Ireland and it's more of a who-you-know set-up here to get a foot in the door, i.e son of an ex-postman got a job. It seems like a good enough job.

    Yep, local postman retired and quelle surprise his son just happened to get the gig. Also another lad the son of a higher up in the county council also got in. All these types look out for their own.

    Heard of a postie who got sick of leaflet delivery he fcuked the lot in the bin. Someone found the dumped leaflets and complained to An Post.
    He got a days suspension, with pay.

    He got a days holiday....


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,665 ✭✭✭ Fann Linn


    Know a guy that started 6 months ago. Once your round is done you can go home. Most days he starts at 6 finishes at 10 or 11 and he still gets a full day's pay. They get paid extra for packages and leaflets but don't have to do them if they don't want to. He says it's the handiest number he has ever had. Money is average but if you want a good work life balance I'd say go for it

    Post man down our way does an 8 hour day. Your lad must be sneaking off. Early start delivering post, followed by collection of mails from various post boxes, and then bringing same back to main post office for general sorting or if there is more post received he'll get that set up for the following day.

    I think the days of lads working 5/6 hours and getting paid for 8 are well gone with clocking in and out plus trackers on vans etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭ littlevillage


    Postman is a nice job in theory, but I can think of a few drawbacks.

    I worked nights beside a postal sorting center. They start very early in the morning.


    Yes, you are out and about all day....but remember this is Ireland not southern Spain...the weather is fcuking miserable most of the time.
    Also dogs and gated houses and traffic etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 738 ✭✭✭ Paul_Mc1988


    Fann Linn wrote: »
    Post man down our way does an 8 hour day. Your lad must be sneaking off. Early start delivering post, followed by collection of mails from various post boxes, and then bringing same back to main post office for general sorting or if there is more post received he'll get that set up for the following day.

    I think the days of lads working 5/6 hours and getting paid for 8 are well gone with clocking in and out plus trackers on vans etc.

    Defo not the norm in his place. When he started the lads were making sure he went home after his round. He was obviously a bit wary and wanted to stay the full day but he soon found out this is the norm.


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