Ryanair advertises for the worst job in Ireland


Something for the weekend: When applying for a job, most candidates find an advert that lists job responsibilities, required skills and attributes, and an idea of the pay and benefits that can be expected if they are successful, thereby helping to paint a picture of how an individual might fit into the job role and an organisation’s culture. However, airline Ryanair’s most recent job advert is hunting for someone with a very specific skillset, as the organisation looks to fill what it describes as the “worst job in Ireland”.

Based in Dublin, Ryanair is currently looking to hire an assistant to the chief executive officer (CEO) Michael O’Leary. While this may sound like a traditional job role, the online advertisement describes a very unusual position, with responsibilities including “general drudgery” and “MOL-ly coddling” for its “misunderstood but beloved CEO”, alongside more traditional responsibilities such as treasury and portfolio management, investment analysis, tax analysis and returns.

Salary information is not included in the advert, although an engaging compensation and benefits package could play a role in attracting and retaining a candidate with the attributes listed in the tongue-in-cheek advert. The characteristics the successful candidate will need include: thick skin; saint-like patience; aversion to bolloxology; own collection of nursery rhymes or bedtime stories; ability to operate without sleep or contact with the outside world; (ego) massage qualifications.

While the advert notes that the position would suit an ambitious, self-motivated and qualified accountant, providing an interesting role and opportunities for career development, it also includes the following note: “Dubs fans, Man U supporters and cyclists will not only be automatically excluded from the process, but will be tracked down, tortured and shot.”

Applications close on Friday 18 November 2016.

Here at Employee Benefits, we’re interested to see who will land the job; let’s hope potential candidates are not put off by the ‘honesty is always the best policy’ approach!