A rather unusual job posting for a ‘human paintball impact tester’ seems to have attracted far more interest, both domestically and globally than the company had originally expected, highlighting the lengths some people are willing to go to in order to secure a top class salary. The British company who are attempting to fill the position, UK Paintball, were staggered to receive over 10,000 applications, with would be applicants coming from as far afield as the United States, Canada and India, besides people living in Britain. With an annual salary of around £40,000, perhaps they should have geared themselves up for the likely deluge.

Given that there can be only one lucky person who gets the post, which essentially puts their body on the line by being required to be shot at by a paintball bullet, the company will have a tough job to sift through all of the would be employees. They will clearly need to not have an aversion to pain, as some of the testing will be without the benefit of protective gear to soften the impact, prompting obvious considerations regarding health and safety. The role requires the simulation of a variety of positions and activities that a paintballer could be hit while doing, such as walking, running and even climbing.

Some of the applications have been received from ex- military personnel, including those used to handling guns and other weaponry, besides one from a person who previously worked as an assistant to a magician where one of the tricks involved being shot at.

The company already have over 60 sites across Britain, with expectations that the figure will grow in future and are the leading paintball company in the UK. Demand for a paintballing experience has been increasing over recent years, with more than one million players taking part each year in the UK alone. Many companies as well as groups of friends, can use paintballing as a team building activity or just simply to get the frustration of their everyday lives out of their system, in a relatively safe (bruises aside) environment. Stag and hen parties have also been known to include paintballing as part of their celebrations, with purpose made bunny suits, nun suits and prisoner outfits available to hire. Given such demand, it is perhaps not that surprising then that the company wants to ensure that the experience their customers have has been considered via strenuous testing of the product they offer. Given all of that though, the number of applications is still simply staggering.
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