The Royal Mail has received over 80,000 applications for 18,000 seasonal Christmas jobs, thousands more than last year, new figures have showed.
The postal group said it was delighted with the strong response to fill the temporary positions, which support the 130,000 full-time postmen and women at their busiest time of year.
The number of applications is 10,000 more than last year, although the Royal Mail said it was still looking for more seasonal workers in areas including Watford, Peterborough, Bristol, Edinburgh, Swansea and Northampton.
Royal Mail's Managing Director of Operations and Modernisation, Mark Higson, said: "More seasonal recruits are required in some areas.
"We look forward to receiving applications from people who want to earn some extra money and help us sort the Christmas mailbag of around two billion items."
Seasonal jobs will be available between mid November and early January 2012.
Royal Mail is recruiting around 1,000 people in London, 1,500 each in the North West and Anglia, 2,000 in the South East, South West, Thames Valley and the North East, 3,000 in the Midlands, around 2,000 people in Scotland, 1,000 in Wales and 400 in Northern Ireland.