Job freeze: Antarctic jobs up for grabs

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Adventure seeking tradesmen could have a new way of beating the credit crunch, as long as they don't mind the cold.

The British Antarctic Survey is advertising for 40 carpenters, electricians, plumbers, chefs and technicians to work at their Antarctic research stations 

While the £23,000 starting salary might not sound great, you won't get much of a chance to spend your earnings, because there are no shops there.

Anyway you would probably be too cold to get your wallet out of your pocket,  the average temperature is around -20C.

The BAS run a recruitment drive each year but are now experiencing massive demand because of the credit crunch, people are think if their salary is frozen any way, why not work in the Antarctic.
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime according to BAS Personnel Manager James Miller. "We need the best trades people to keep everything running smoothly and to provide top quality support to our science programme. 

"The chance to work in the Antarctic surrounded by stunning scenery, icebergs, penguins, whales and seals is a fantastic opportunity and not something employers in the UK can offer."

Electrician Tony McLaughlan who is currently working at BAS’s Rothera Research Station said: "It is really amazing being here. I never imagined that an ordinary bloke like me could end up working in Antarctica. The people are great, the work is exciting."

The government-funded British Antarctic Survey runs five research stations, two research ships and five aircraft in and around Antarctica.

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