Multichannel retailer John Lewis has announced that it plans to recruit more than 3,500 temporary staff over the festive season.

Offering a variety of roles, John Lewis has aims to expand its retail and distributions teams to combat its busiest shopping period of the year, with all new staff benefiting from the company’s in-house training programme.

Charlotte Veillet, resourcing manager at John Lewis said: “Temporary Partners help to make Christmas at John Lewis. We’re looking for bright, happy and hardworking individuals to add the Christmas sparkle to our customers’ shopping experience.

“From expertly gift-wrapping the perfect present, to ensuring stock levels are as good as they can be or supporting our behind-the-scenes operations at one of our distribution or contact centres, we’re excited to welcome new team members to create an unbeatable Christmas shopping experience for our customers.”

John Lewis said it would be recruiting for a number of positions between now and throughout September.