- Bin men are now ‘sanitation engineers’ while a paper boy has been re-branded a ‘media distribution officer’
- Some job titles are so convoluted applicants don’t know what the role is
Applying for a new job can be a lengthy process – especially when you’re not sure exactly what it is you’re applying for.
Recruitment consultants have come up with a swathe of ridiculous job titles to make their vacancies sound more appealing.
Some applicants may be put off by a job advert for a ‘bin man’, so recruiters have decided to jazz the title up, instead calling the position a ‘sanitation engineer’.
And while a ‘mobile sustenance facilitator’ sounds like quite a convoluted role, it is in fact code for a burger van worker.
Meanwhile those wanting a job as a road sweeper will need to look out for job ads for highway environmental hygienists.
TOP 10 RIDICULOUS JOB TITLES
1) Five a Day Collection Operative – Fruit picker
2) Media Distribution Officer – Paper boy
3) Highway Environmental Hygienist – Road sweeper
4) Transparency Enhancement Facilitator – Window cleaner
5) Talent Delivery Specialist – Recruiter
6) Brand Champion – Sales assistant
7) Sanitation Engineer – Bin man
8) Education Centre Nourishment Consultant – Dinner lady
9) Public Waste Technician – Toilet cleaner
10) Mobile Sustenance Facilitator – Burger van worker
Recruitment expert Chris Smith told the Express: ‘In today’s job market a receptionist is a guest services agent, a bin man is a sanitation engineer – the list goes on.
‘We hear from candidates all the time about job titles which are wildly over the top. One was for a colour distribution technician – it was for a painter and decorator.
‘Another jobseeker contacted us after reading about a position for a field nourishment consultant’. It was for a waitress.
And long gone are paper delivery boys, which have been replaced by ‘media distribution officers’, while fruit pickers are now known as ‘five-a-day collection operatives’.
Call centre employees can now describe themselves as communication executives while window cleaners are now better known as ‘transparency enhancement facilitators’.
Mr Smith, CEO of MyJobMatcher.com who commissioned the survey, has called for clarity and plain English in the job market so applicants know exactly what job they are applying for.
He added: ‘Some of the euphemisms used are downright ridiculous. Being called a gastronomical hygiene engineer doesn’t stop the fact that you’ll be washing pots in a restaurant kitchen day after day.’