Other agencies have moved to recruit staff from Sun4u, the Birmingham-based retailer that fell into administration on Thursday.

The 40 call centre staff were told on Thursday of the collapse, which has been blamed on tough trading conditions, the ash cloud crisis and the failure of Goldtrail Holidays last month.

Bookable Holidays marketing director Craig Ashford has asked agents to contact him about alternative employment. He said: “Bookable are recruiting for additional team members both in our online operations team and within the call centre team and that we have the capability of reemploying all 40 members of staff.”

Long haul specialist Holidaysplease has also made staff aware of vacancies for self-employed homeworkers.

Bobbie Bhogal, one of the group’s founders, said he was looking for agents who were knowledgeable about long haul destinations, such as The Maldives, South Africa and Thailand.

Bluesea Holidays, a member of the Hays Independence Group, is also looking for homeworkers.

It is thought 1,200 Sun4u customers are currently abroad.

The Civil Aviation Authority said “a good proportion” of customers were not Atol protected. However those currently abroad who were covered will travel home as planned.