Welsh government promotes sleazy jobs


Young business minds have been offered career advice on working as strippers, lap dancers and escorts in an official scheme backed by the Welsh government.

An investigation is now underway to discover how the gaffe occurred, which promoted the sleazy jobs with the potential to earn up to £48,000 a year.

The "aspirational career opportunities" were featured on the Business Wales website, according to Sky News. Young job hunters were told they could command an average of £232 an evening - an annual income of between £24,000 and £48,000.

The section of the website containing the advice has been taken down and Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has now launched an investigation into the blunder.

Inappropriate careers
BBC News reports that Liberal Democrat Eluned Parrott asked if ministers should promote such "career opportunities" to young people.

Ms Parrott told Mr Jones at first minister's questions: "I've been looking at the Welsh government's Big Ideas Wales website, which describes itself as 'Guiding Young People to Start Up'.

"On the page 'Useful Guides to Turn Ideas into Reality' it links through to a series of fact sheets including how to set up your own escort agency, how to set up your own lap dancing club and how to become a stripper.

"Now these are of course legal enterprises, but are they, do you think, the kind of aspirational career opportunities that the Welsh government should be actively promoting to young people?"

Mr Jones replied, "No. I was made aware of this some ten minutes before I came into the chamber and I will ensure there is a full investigation into how this happened."

Job posting gaffes
In February, the Department for Work and Pensions removed job advertisements for labouring roles found to be written entirely in Polish.

The Huffington Post reported that the labouring roles listed duties which translate as "working on roofs, scraping and demolition of buildings."

At the end of one of the adverts it said: "If you do not talk in Polish, please send an email, do not call," yet with the adverts written in Polish, a non-Polish speaker would not have been able to do this.

The DWP said the postings were meant to be available in both English and Polish to attract a wide number of candidates, yet a technical error meant it was not listed in English.

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