Wanted: Irish digger driver for €35k job in war-torn Iraq
A JOB paying €35,000 a year for moving mounds of earth and rubble is available for an enterprising Irish applicant. The only hitch is that it is based in war-ravaged Iraq.
It is one of a number of offbeat overseas positions being advertised in countries outside the EU through Intreo, an employment service provided by the Department of Social Protection.
The job is currently advertised on www.jobsireland.ie. The advert says the successful applicant must be capable of operating machinery as part of major excavation work.
The vacant position for a '360 excavator machine driver' in Iraq was posted last week. The ad says it will suit someone who has "many years' experience as a machine driver". A 360 excavator is a large machine generally found on construction sites.
The successful candidate will be expected to drive machines ranging from 15 to 30 tonnes, moving topsoil and general earthworks and working on embankments.
A spokesperson for the Longford-based recruitment agency Connect said it had not come across such a position before and confirmed that it had been contacted by a large Irish company which is working in Iraq and anxious to fill the job.
On offer is a permanent contract paying €35,000 annually.
The position is one of over 90 jobs currently available outside Ireland. There are vacancies for plumbers, nurses, technicians, jewellers and other professionals to work in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica and Japan.
Jobs currently available in Europe include positions in Sweden, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Malta.
Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of encouraging emigration by offering an unemployed man in his 60s a job in Malta as a bus driver for €250 per week.
However, the Department of Social Protection defended the decision, maintaining that the offer was made in the context of the European Employment Service (EURES) initiative, which helps find work for suitable applicants across national boundaries.
"Employers are free to advertise any and all jobs they have on the website, including jobs outside of the EU. It makes jobseekers in Ireland aware of every possible job that we can get our hands on," a departmental spokeswoman said.
"If they're interested in travelling abroad, well and good. But there is absolutely no compulsion on any job seeker in Ireland to pursue a job outside of the country. It also helps non-Irish nationals in Ireland, who would like to go home to their country of origin and take up employment there."