Telecoms giant Vodafone plans to create more than 2,000 jobs throughout the UK as part of a £2bn investment programme.

Filling positions over the next two years, the majority of new jobs will be in the North with 800 in Manchester and 600 in Liverpool.

Elsewhere, around 150 positions will be filled in Newark, more than 150 in Stoke, about 100 in Glasgow, up to 200 in the west of Scotland, and a further 100 in Cardiff.

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Most of the roles will be geared towards enhancing the quality of customer service.

Karen Bradley, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said: "Vodafone is one of our country's great international success stories and it's fantastic this global organisation is demonstrating its confidence in the UK by creating new jobs across the north, in the Midlands, in Scotland and in Wales.

"We are working hard to create the right conditions for commercial investment in the UK, and today's announcement is proof that Britain is well and truly open for business."

Nick Jeffery, chief executive of Vodafone UK, added: "These new, skilled roles will make a real difference to our customers and a real difference to the communities that are the focus of our customer services investment.

"Our ambition is to give our customers the best experience possible, providing an outstanding level of service and support as we continue to invest in building the biggest and best network in Britain."