Who do you think you are, poor man’s James Bond?
Posting Date: 22/11/2012
Company: Secret Intelligence Service
Industries: Security and surveillance
Job type: Full time
Years of experience: 5+ years
Career level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level: Under graduate degree
Salary: 50,000.00 – 60,000.00 per year, Performance bonuses on completion of missions
Hours of Work: Flexitime, Overtime, Shift work
Job reference code: 007
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secret Intelligence Service
Target Elimination Specialist
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.
This job really is listed on the DirectGov jobsearch website (JobID=270089), and according to their own date, was posted yesterday. Wonder how long it’ll stay up? At least it’s not workfare….
Update, 20 minutes later: Ha. “This job has been removed from the site and is no longer available for viewing. Please use the form above to enter new criteria.”
Update, four hours later:
Re ‘007’ job ad – disappointing somebody would want to post a false advert when people are looking for real jobs. We’ve removed it.
— DWP Press Office (@dwppressoffice) November 23, 2012
Interesting: this confirms three things, none of which are good to know about the DWP.
One, their jobsearch website isn’t secure. It is possible for someone to set up a false account and post a non-job. This didn’t matter in this particular instance, because an advert for James Bond is obviously a non-job. But if one fake job ad can be published, so can others.
Two, their jobsearch website isn’t reviewed. The James Bond ad was up for at least half a working day before anyone noticed – and then only because social media told them.
Three, the DWP have no sense of humour. The James Bond ad is funny.