More than 1,000 seasonal summer jobs are being made available at Gatwick.

The number is 40% up on last year, reflecting continued growth of the airport as it prepares for its busiest summer on record.

Vacancies are offered in shops and restaurants including Accessorize, WH Smith, JD Wetherspoon, Boots, World Duty Free and Dixon’s.

The airport’s head of retail, Rachel Bulford, said: “It’s great to see so many job opportunities opening up throughout our retail and restaurant offering at the airport.

“These roles will help to ensure we provide excellent service in all our outlets as passenger numbers increase over the busy summer period.”

“A large proportion of our staff are based in the surrounding counties, making us one of the largest economic drivers for the south-east region.”

Jamie Nelson-Singer, control centre duty manager, added: “I started working at Gatwick as a temporary member of staff back in 2004 and worked three summers here, while at university, before securing a permanent role at the airport upon my graduation.

“Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work in a number of different teams across the airport including surface transport, engineering, terminals and now in the Gatwick control centre – the team which leads across airport co-ordination.

“A seasonal role was my foot in the door to the airport and one of the best decisions I have ever made and educated me on the other different opportunities at the airport.”