Furloughed jobseekers baffled as Government system tells them to pursue careers as fish friers, boxers & bingo callers

FURLOUGHED jobseekers have today been left baffled after a Government system told them to pursue careers as fish friers, boxers and even bingo callers.

Brits have flooded to the Government's online skills assessment that promises to help suggest job ideas for the unemployed.

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But many revealed they had been stunned after taking the quiz – with a journalist told to become an airline pilot while another Brit was simply told there were no jobs they were suitable for.

One person took to Twitter to share their results, writing: "HA! Just tried that govt job survey thing. It said… you are good at taking control of situations, you are a creative person & enjoy coming up with new ways of doing things, you are motivated, set yourself personal goals.


Another recounted: "Me, a journalist, trying the government careers advice website in 2020: Lock keeper, Airline pilot, Meat process worker.

"Now I’m wondering if there’s still time for me to become a lion tamer."

Another revealed they had been told to become a fish frier, joking: "I've seen a few posts about the Government careers advice. A suggestion came through.. Salt & vinegar on your chips?"

A fourth pointed out that some of the job suggestions could be a little dated after the pandemic.

They said: "So the governments career assessment tool thinks I should become a cinema projectionist. Not convinced that’s the best career advice at this point in time."

Just this week it was revealed Cineworld is considering closing all of its cinemas in the UK and US this week because of the impact of coronavirus.

Odeon also announced potential changes to viewing times after being hit by the pandemic.

Jobseekers are given a list of questions as they fill out the form, including "I am comfortable telling people what they need to do" and "I make decisions quickly".

And another Brit was left dumbfounded when they took the test – and were told they didn't suit any jobs.

They wrote on Twitter: "Not recommend any: Absolutely love this, the government's own careers advice website can suggest literally no jobs my personality is suitable for."

During the coronavirus pandemic, the UK unemployment rate has risen to its highest level for two years.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the unemployment rate had hit 4.1% in the three months to July, compared with 3.9% previously.

However, the number of available permanent and temporary jobs increased in September as businesses reopened following the coronavirus lockdown.

It's the biggest monthly increase in staff hiring for two years.

The new findings come from the latest monthly jobs report produced by consultancy firm KPMG, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), and IHS Markit which surveys hundreds of recruiters to understand hiring activity.

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