Spanish banking group Santander is set to launch a recruitment drive that could see it hire 6,000 people over the next year or two in a bid to expand its business in the UK.
"Santander is set to launch a recruitment drive that could see it hire 6,000 people as it presses ahead with UK expansion," The Financial Times reported.
Attributing to people familiar with the recruitment plans, the report said it is in the market for hiring up to 6,000 people over the next year or two.
The new recruits would be in addition to 5,000 frontline employees Santander is inheriting from Royal Bank of Scotland following last month's acquisition of 318 RBS branches.
Santander currently employs about 22,000 people.
The hiring comes amid a wider recovery in the financial services job market. Recruitment is on an upswing, with banks that slashed thousands of jobs at the height of the credit crunch trying to rebuild teams.