Probe launched over fake 'James Bond-style' job on UK Government website

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 05:30 hrs

An investigation has been launched over a fake MI6 job listing that was posted by a UK Government employee on the DirectGov website.

The job listing called for applicants with prior experience of sniper rifles and suited to those "who like their martinis shaken and not stirred."

The "Target Elimination Specialist" post, with a job reference code of 007, remained on the DirectGov website for at least an hour today after Twitter users began to post links to it, The Telegraph reports.

According to the paper, the job description had all the hallmarks of a James Bond-style position, requiring "particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis" to deal with "people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order."

Other desirable attributes included jobseekers with prior military experience, "particularly in the use of sniper rifles," and a 50-60,000 pound salary would be complemented by free equipment including passports, special watches, jet packs, mini-submarines and guns, the paper said.

However, a spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions said that an investigation had been launched into how the site, which posts government jobs, had allowed the fake listing to slip through.

"It is disappointing that somebody would want to post a false advert when people are looking for real jobs. It has now been removed," she said. (ANI)

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