Delivery giant TNT is to create 1,000 new jobs by expanding its postal delivery service.
The Dutch-owned firm is to start deliveries in Greater Manchester in November, following trials of its service in parts of London.
The company said it aimed to create 20,000 jobs in the next five years in its end-to-end business to consumer delivery service.
TNT said its trials in three areas of London, which started in April 2012, had been a success.
Eleven delivery units will be used to serve households and businesses in the M postcode area, taking in Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Wigan and Bury.
TNT said its orange and black-uniformed workers will complete their deliveries on bicycles.
The new jobs will be full and part-time, ranging from delivery staff to back-office support roles.
Nick Wells, chief executive of TNT Post, said: "We are passionate about creating new job opportunities for the people of Greater Manchester and delighted to make this announcement. The postal industry is undergoing great change and I am proud that TNT Post is able to create new jobs for people who need them and also to provide career opportunities for those who want to progress in a growing company.
"We are a dynamic company with motivated people working to provide great customer service. Our commitment to training and development will not only benefit TNT Post employees, but also the wider business community as our posties progress their career with us or look for new opportunities within other businesses."
Employment minister Mark Hoban said: "I was delighted to hear that TNT Post are to create more than 1,000 new jobs in Greater Manchester. Their record of offering opportunities to young people and long-term unemployed is impressive, and I welcome the fact that they will be working closely with Jobcentre plus and the Work Programme to fill these vacancies."
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This scale of investment and job creation in and around Manchester is always welcome and it's pleasing that TNT Post has decided to launch a major Greater Manchester operation. Their approach to recruitment, especially in reaching out to the long-term unemployed and younger people, is commendable."
Barbara Spicer, chief executive of Salford City Council and board member for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: "This is a fantastic development and I think I can speak on behalf of all local authorities when I say that this is exactly the type of investment that we need to be encouraging in our region."
TNT employs around 1,000 workers on its London postal service.