Thursday, October 04 08:25:04
Spain's unemployment is truly shocking at 25pc of the adult population and the desperate need for work was demonstrated this week when 15,000 people queued for just 150 jobs in Madrid.
More than 15,000 people looking for work queued to apply for just 150 vacancies at the factory of agricultural machinery company John Deere on the outskirts of Madrid. As data showed unemployment across Spain has risen by 11pc over the past year, the applicants had no idea what positions they were applying for or what wages to expect, just that there was the possibility of a regular job.
"The truth is I have no idea what the job is, beyond that it is at a factory," one 23-year-old applicant was reported as saying. Employment agency Adecco in the Getafe district of Madrid, which advertised the job, said it had seen more than 15,000 jobseekers in the week before the application closing date of Monday.