Economy

Britons queue up for jobs at South Pole

PTI London | Updated on January 11, 2012 Published on January 11, 2012

It seems jobless Britons are willing to go to the end of the Earth to find work, for data have revealed that record numbers of unemployed tradesmen are applying for jobs at the South Pole.

Recruiters at the British Antarctic Survey are on course to receive more than 3,000 applications for just 36 jobs from plumbers, electricians, chefs and carpenters, the Daily Express reported.

Successful candidates must brave five months of constant darkness and temperatures that can plunge to minus 40C to work at one of the BAS’s five bases around the UK’s polar region.

Workers get a basic salary of £23,700, plus a 10 per cent end-of-tour bonus, all their food and accommodation paid for as well as the costs of outdoor clothing, the British newspaper said.

The bases are manned by a skeleton staff of mainly tradesmen during the gruelling winter months.

James Miller of Cambridge company BAS said: “It appears a symptom of the economic slowdown that we are receiving so many job applications for our bases.”

Published on January 11, 2012
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