Royal Mail is to recruit more than 21,000 seasonal staff to help sort the Christmas post.
Around 2,000 of the jobs will be in Scotland, with 18,000 in England, 700 in Wales and 400 in Northern Ireland. The posts will be available between early November and January 2014.
The temporary jobs will support Royal Mail’s permanent 124,000 postmen and women.
Royal Mail’s managing director of operations and modernisation, Mark Higson, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail and we plan all year round to help ensure we deliver the best possible service to our customers.
“Every Christmas, we make a substantial financial commitment in additional resources to handle the festive mailbag, including the recruitment of thousands of temporary workers.”