British thrill-seekers lured with exotic Australian jobs
SOUTH Australia is trying to lure across bored young British workers with offers of exotic jobs such as koala catcher and shark tagger.
The South Australian Government has launched a campaign to tempt adventure-seeking 18 to 30-year-olds to travel to their state with the promise of the “ultimate work-life balance”.
Other jobs include shark personality profiler at Port Lincoln, beer taster and Fairy Penguin home remodeller on Kangaroo Island. All interested applicants need to do is fly to South Australia on a working holiday visa to be in contention for the unusual jobs.
The campaign follows a survey of 2000 British workers conducted by the South Australian government that stated an estimated 60 per cent of British employees were bored with their jobs. Those bored with their work said it rarely pushed them outside their comfort zone and more than 70 per cent stated that they never got out of the office during the working day.
Those most bored by their work come from Portsmouth, Chelmsford, Southampton, Cardiff and Oxford. The survey revealed the most boring job sectors to be electronics, administration, retail and call centre work. South Australia’s London-based agent general Bill Muirhead said: “Life seems to be dealing workers a rough hand at the moment.
“Not even the recent sunny weather has managed to cheer up the Brits.
“This isn’t about one job that everyone has to compete for, but rather about showing people that South Australia offers more exciting work and travel options than anywhere else in the world. “And anyone on a working holiday could do them.
“Travellers who want to work have an option. Take the usual trail, do the usual jobs, or go for something that you can’t get anywhere else in the world and have an experience you’ll be dining out on for years, the sort of experience you’ll be telling your grand-kids about.
“This is the first time these jobs have collectively been released and with no previous experience necessary, we’re offering people a genuine chance to get away from it all.”