Friday, 13 Feb, 2009 Offbeat

Organization Working on South Pole Flooded with Applications for Vacancies


It seems that the economic recession pushed Britons to make radical steps in finding a job. According to the British Antarctic Survey, it has been flooded with applications for job vacancies on the South Pole, which means that for Britons working at -50C is better than not working at all.

The appeal for 38 staff attracted a record number of responses, the research group stated. The official website of the Cambridge-based organization crashed in just minutes after the group announced job vacancies on BBC Breakfast and GMTV. In addition, a large number of people of different professions, including chefs, electricians and plumbers jammed the phone lines.

Linda Capper from British Antarctic Survey said that they believed that the uptake would be big, mainly due to the fact that the economic downturn highly affected the construction industry in the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph.

When describing the workplace, Capper said: "You find yourself in this gigantic landscape where the horizon is a long way off and you can see icebergs the size of cathedrals."

On February 12, 2009, the organization stated that that it was seeking 17 plant technicians, 6 carpenters, 6 electricians, 6 or 7 plumbers and 2 or 3 chefs. Besides the fact that the temperatures on the continent may reach -50C, in winter the night lasts for 24 hours.

Audrey Stevens, a spokesman for BAS, said: "There's nothing to spend your money on when you're out there. You'll have a fat bank account when you come back."

The candidates who will be chosen for the job, will earn GBP23,000 a year and will have to take a 9,000 miles trip to the workplace.

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