Pay ranges are different for each route dependant on the density of the local area. A typical route will be in the region of £60 – £80.If you are interested in applying for temporary work distributing directories complete the form (you must have a vehicle and a phone to be able to apply).”
A few weeks later, I received a phone call from a blocked number – at the time I had applied for a ton of jobs so thought nothing of it and answered.
The person on the end of the phone was very rude and blunt. The conversation went something along the lines of “BT phone books, postcode ABC 1, 76 and 52 books, collect on this date from this location” and that was it. I wasn't given the chance to ask questions or even a contact telephone number to ring – nothing!
Luckily, as it turned out, I was free on the said date when I was to pick up the books. I popped the postcode into my satnav to find that it was 30 miles away, the cost of petrol being over £12 for a round trip. But I didn't have a contact telephone number so off I went.
When I arrived the whole thing was very unprofessional – no one explained what was happening and suddenly 5 people started pulling apart my car and piling in phone books. It was then that I realised I had been misled – I had distinctly been told that there were 76 and 52 books to deliver, not 76 and 52 bundles. I believe each bundle had 8 phone books in it.
As a result, my car couldn't support all the bundles and I was told I'd have to make a return trip. At 60 miles for a round trip, I flat out refused and so they overloaded my car and made me sign a waiver so that if I got a ticket I couldn't make a claim against the company.
And off we went home. Only to open up the two routes and discover one was 8 miles away (£3.30 return trip in petrol) and the other was 13 miles away (£4.90 return trip in petrol). As it was further to return them, we made a grand effort to deliver them.
Starting that Friday afternoon, my husband (who loves walking) and I made a start. It took two of us about 14 hours each to deliver just one round of the phone books. The whole thing was unprofessional and completely not worth it:
- We were given a route list without individual numbers, so we had to do a lot of writing or printing to tick them off.
- A large number of the houses were no longer in existence and hadn't been in our lifetimes.
- If no letter box was available we were expected to wrap the phone book in a bag, hide it somewhere and leave a note stating where we left it. Where exactly the note was supposed to go I have no idea, but for 1,024 phone books we were given just 6 bags.
- The petrol allowance paid was around £3. For the entire route.
- The route wasn't “every road in this area”. Sometimes there would be quite some distance between roads on the route and sometimes roads were on someone else's route, with no logic behind this.
- You had to mark down any reason for not delivering a phone book.
- We weren't provided with my field supervisor's telephone number, despite all the paperwork stating to contact them for any questions or problems.