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Travel agent Thomas Cook is creating 100 jobs at its nine shops in the North East.

Older workers and mums wanting to return to work are being targeted to fill vacancies.

The posts will enable job sharing, term-time contracts and school-hour working, along with other employee benefits such as cheap holidays.

Thomas Cook chief executive, Manny Fontenla-Novoa, said he thought customers could identify better with older staff. He said: "Among our top sellers, 20% work part-time and 32% are over 50. That's why we are looking to offer further opportunities to them."

A Welcome Back campaign is also being launched for people who have left the travel industry. Mr Fontenla-Novoa said: "It's no secret the industry has had a torrid time since September 11, but this recruitment shows how confident we now are in the business."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2003
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