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British government jobs website lists spoof 007 vacancy

22-Nov-2012 • Bond News

Staff at the Department for Work & Pensions in the UK were left red faced today when it was discovered that a spoof job vacancy had been posted on the DirectGov website.

The fake position was titled 'Target Elimination Specialist' and required trained use of sniper rifles, mini-submarines and jet packs. Earning £50,000-£60,000 with mission-based bonuses, the MI6 posting was code named 'Job Reference 007'.


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The vacancy read: "From time to time the UK Government has a need to remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order. So we require particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis to deal with these problems."

"The role will involve international travel to a number of countries where individuals need to be removed. The ideal candidate will need to have no particular distinguishing features so as to blend in and be able to take on new identities as required. They will need to be resourceful in finding ways to accomplish their missions and, in some cases, to leave foreign countries by non-conventional means."

"The role would suit candidates with prior military experience, particularly in the use of sniper rifles. The job holder will receive all necessary equipment, including passports, special watches, jet packs, mini-submarines and a Walther PPK. This role is particularly appropriate for those who like their martinis shaken and not stirred."

"To apply for this role, please express your interest somewhere in the vicinity of the large and rather fake-looking rock in Regent’s Park."

A spokeswoman for DWP said: "It is disappointing that somebody would want to post a fake advert when people are looking for real jobs. It has now been removed."

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