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Job hunters in NI offered chance to work in Australia, without leaving Belfast

Job hunters in Northern Ireland are being offered the chance to work in Australia, without having to leave Belfast

JOB hunters in Northern Ireland are being offered the chance to work in Australia, without having to leave Belfast.

Luggage shipping firm, MyBaggage.com, is looking for new recruits, who will be based at the company's headquarters in the city centre, yet work Australian office hours.

Rewards include a benefits package which includes a pack of Fosters lager or two bottles of Australian wine every month.

The company says applicants must be fans of Aussie culture and will be vetted on their general knowledge of the country in a multiple choice quiz with Neighbours, kangaroos and the Ashes among the topics.

Only applicants who score 100 per cent in the 10 question quiz will be selected for interview.

MyBaggage.com says training will be provided to successful candidates including lessons in Australian geography and slang terms with a team of four initially recruited into the roles on a salary of £20,000 to £30,000.

They will keep Australian office hours, starting work each day at midnight, finishing at 8am and taking their lunch break around 4am.

Duties will include dealing with enquiries from Australian customers and working with transport providers across the continent to ensure luggage is shipped effectively.

It says they hope to open an office in Australia, which may provide opportunities for team members to relocate down under. It already has a USA team based in Belfast and keeping New York office hours.

Paul Stewart, founder of MyBaggage.com, said it was a "unique opportunity for anyone who dreams about the Aussie lifestyle but who isn't quite ready to relocate 10,000 miles".

"As this team will be dealing almost exclusively with Australian customers we are looking for people who have a genuine interest and some knowledge of Australia," he said.

"They could be Australians living in the UK or perhaps someone with relatives Down Under who enjoy holidays there. Or it could be someone who has never set foot in Australia but who enjoys the movies of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

"With our business focused on moving luggage around the world it's particularly important that applicants know their way around a map of Australia and know where Perth is in relation to Sydney and so on.

"We do offer a great training programme but it definitely helps if people are familiar with the Aussie accent and understand some basic Australian slang."

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