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Government backtracks on job advert after social media storm

An advert inviting applications for a £64,000 job as a Refuse Collection Manager has been pulled by the Gibraltar Government.

The advert, which was published in yesterday's edition of this newspaper, invited applications for the post under the Gibraltar Government agency Gibraltar Industrial Cleaners Limited.

But it was heavily criticised on social media yesterday, with many people focusing on the high pay against the backdrop of wider disputes including the row over teachers' pay.

The 37-hour a week job advert stated that applicants should have direct experience of the work of this position or possess a minimum of four GCSE passes or the equivalent.

When the Chronicle sought a response to the outcry yesterday, a government spokesman said: "This is a role which has not changed as to salary scale or necessary qualifications since we were elected.”

“It is a post which has historically attracted this salary, subject to annual public sector pay increases."

This morning, however, the government has backtracked, stating that the entire advert was issued in error.

"The Chief Secretary regrets that the vacancy for refuse collection manager was issued in error," the government said in a statement.

"A thorough review of the job description and specification for this position will be conducted and a new notice will be issued accordingly."

"The Government apologises to interested parties and prospective applicants for any inconvenience caused.”

The government did not make clear the nature of the error in the original advert.