Even on an advertised salary of £40k, the UK's poultry industry is struggling to recruit highly trained (well 3 years'-worth, at least) 'chicken sexers' – people specifically employed to determine if newly hatched chicks are male or female. Sounds simple – yet no-one wants the job!
We've compiled a list of other jobs from around the world whose ads could end up on the scrap heap...

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1. Chicken sexer

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Fiddly work but it does pay £40k… Some lucky clucker’s got to take it!

2. Paint watcher

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Spare a thought for the poor bloke employed by Dulux to, literally, watch paint dry… Fun day at the office, dear?

3. Crime-scene cleaner

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Just imagine the things you must see… Not to mention smell! There’s nothing glamorous about clearing crime scenes. Blood, body parts, the lot.

4. Armpit smeller

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How do you think deodorants are tested? Armpit smellers are employed to do just that, ensuring new brands are as effective as possible. A job not to be sniffed at…

5. Sewer diver

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And you reckon your job stinks! This man gets paid to swim through the sewers of Mexico City, repairing pipes and clearing blockages. Gulp! (Or, rather, don’t gulp..!)

6. Grass analyst

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They say you shouldn’t let the grass grow under your feet in a job. But someone is paid to do it! British Seed Houses in Lincolnshire employ someone to monitor grass seeds to ensure they grow efficiently. The excitement must never end…

7. Dog-food tester

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Barking? Perhaps Senior Food Technologist sounds a bit more appealing?! Apparently the trick is  to never swallow, and to chew gum between each tasty mouthful…

8. Tube fluffer

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Imagine having to work every evening manually removing skin, hair and other debris from the London Underground rails and tunnels. This ‘de-fluff’ has to take place regularly to prevent a build-up and potential fire hazards. Rather them than us…

 

Would you give any of these jobs a go?