Row brews over ‘Job’ game

Viewers to help employers pick new workers

HONG KONG — A primetime show that pits out-of-work people against one another with the aim of winning a job has caused a row here, where unemployment has hit a record high of 7.8%.

Terrestrial broadcaster Asia Television (ATV) began accepting applications last week for the show, tentatively titled “Win a Job,” which will air twice a week from the end of this month for an initial run of three months.

However, critics have slammed the show as exploitative before it even goes on air.

Candidates will vie for positions with monthly salaries beginning at $1,025. Up for grabs will be jobs as dim-sum makers, car mechanics, hairstylists and waiters.

In each show, viewers and employers will judge who is the most suitable among three candidates based on their backgrounds, interviews with their families, their answers about the job and their previous job experience.

Candidates will even get a chance to try out the job for a day. Viewers can phone in their votes, but employers have the final say.

Whatever critics say, 70 unemployed people filed applications for the show and were obviously not opposed to having a little fun in finding a job.

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