More than 140 seasonal jobs have been created at P&O Ferries for the summer getaway rush.
The Dover-based ferry and logistics company expects to carry almost one million passengers between Britain and the Continent in August alone.
It has expanded its workforce to cope with this, with the majority of jobs going to people from Kent.
More than 100 people have been hired to work on board the ships themselves in positions such as chefs and assistant stewards.
Another 20 new recruits will help with the company’s operations at the Port of Dover, with roles including port drivers and mooring operatives.
P&O Ferries’ warehouse at Whitfield, which supplies its fleet of more than 20 ships sailing around the British Isles, has taken on six new people.
And the company’s call centre at Channel House at Channel View Road, Dover, has recruited 15 more workers.
Janette Bell, Managing Director of P&O Ferries, said: “In addition to being one of the major employers in Kent, it is not always realised that we also employ well over 100 temporary workers during the height of summer.
“Many of these roles will be filled by students who have just graduated, young people entering the workforce for the first time, or people from households who simply want a second income for part of the year.”
P&O Ferries announced this summer that it had carried more freight across the English Channel in the first six months of 2017 than in any first half of the year in its modern history.
The company runs six ships on the Dover-Calais route including the 47,000-toncorr flagships Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France.
It sails on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.
It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.
Anyone wanting to work for the company next summer can log onto poferries.com/en/jobs to register for job alerts.