The Purr-fect Job

08/08/2018

A British woman and her Danish husband have been overwhelmed by applicants in response to their job advert posted on social media. The job has attracted so much interest that the BBC and other worldwide broadcasters, tabloid and broadsheet newspapers have picked up the story and featured it in their news stories. So what type of job has created so much fuss? Is it a multi-million-pound organisation looking for a Chief Executive? The answer may come as a bit of a surprise, it’s not for the CEO of a FTSE 100, the vacancy that has attracted global attention is for a Cat Carer!

Joan and Richard Bowell own a cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros and posted a job advert asking for a cat carer, “someone who can take over the daily running of our Greek cat sanctuary. You will have 55 cats in your care. As part of the job you’ll have a fully paid semi-detached modern house with its own garden (direct view to the Aegean Sea!) plus a salary. The daily hours are that of a part time job (approx. 4 hours) and the salary reflects the fact that you get the house for free (with everything paid).” No wonder they were inundated with applicants, the photographs of the house and location that accompanied the advert looked idyllic, not to mention the cats looked cute too.

The couple have received applications from people from all walks of life, from professionals including Doctors through to refugees. Interestingly, the majority of applicants are British, so, what’s attracting them? It’s can’t be the salary as there is only a modest income on offer maybe it’s the sense of escape?