Single price discount retailer Poundland is recruiting 2,000 temporary staff to help with its anticipated Christmas rush.

"We need on average five or six extra staff per store to help us cope with this period," said retail director Tim McDonnell. "The response so far has been fantastic high quality applicants with enthusiasm and a determination to get the job done."

There was a good reason for those taken on to work hard, he added. Last year, 300 of the festive workers who signed up for a temporary stint with the retailer went on to become permanent employees.