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The witch job that pays £50,000 [Jul. 10th, 2009|07:21 pm]
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As per the BBC (UK) 8th. July 2009

A job centre is advertising a "witch" vacancy with tourist site Wookey Hole, in Somerset, for £50,000 a year. The witch, who has to live in the site's caves, is expected to teach witchcraft and magic. Wookey Hole staff say the role is straightforward: live in the cave, be a witch and do the things witches do. The advert for the post, placed in the local press as well as job centres, says applicants must be able to cackle and cannot be allergic to cats.

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Due to sexual discrimination law, the job cannot demand that the post is filled by a woman. Under sexual discrimination law, unless Wookey Hole can provide "documentary proof that the original witch was female it can't issue a gender-specific job description". Interviews, which will involve on-site assessment incorporating a range of standard tasks, will take place on 28 July at 1100, stipulates the advert.

This Science Blog seems to believe that the job entails...

teaching witchcraft and magic; and causing a variety of social ills, including crop failures and disease, and turning the local milk rancid

I'm certain that including that in an official job description would be as much against UK law as it is to advertise for a gender specific witch.

First heard about this on the Channel 7 Sunrise program this morning
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