Marks & Spencer has launched a recruitment drive to bring an additional 18,000 staff on board for the busy Christmas period.

M&S retail director Guy Farrant said: “We want to make sure that, whichever M&S store our customers choose to shop in this Christmas, they have a great experience. That’s why we’re looking for people who will enjoy giving our customers a warm welcome and can ensure they can find exactly what they need to celebrate Christmas in style.”

Applicants will be required to work at least 16 hours a week, including over bank holidays and the Christmas and New Year period.