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Why no one in the UK wants this $60,000 job

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From Netflix's "binge-watching" tagger, to Tetley tea's "tea-taster" and Ben and Jerry's ice cream "flavor developer"; there's some fascinating and attractive jobs out there.

However, the British public is turning its nose up at a job that pays up to £40,000 ($61,300) a year that involves spending all day with fluffy baby animals.

In recent years, the U.K. poultry farming sector has seen a shortage in the role of a "chick sexer"; a job that requires individuals to identify the gender of a newborn chick.

Once seen as a popular job in places like Japan, fewer people are showing an interest, with the U.K. only having a current total of 100 to 150 "chick sexers". The lack of trained workers is resulting in a shortage in chick exports, which could result in the UK losing valuable business.

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So why is there a lack of interest? There are two common techniques used to determine the gender of a day-old chick: "vent sexing" and "feather sexing."

Vent sexing requires inspecting the inside of a chick's (rear end), to identify the gender. "Feather sexing" however, is less intrusive and distinguishes whether a chick is a hen or rooster by the shape and length of its wings and feathers.

"Vent sexing" requires a minimum of three years' training, so workers can develop a minimum speed of checking 700 chicks every hour (average), with a 98 percent accuracy rate.

Furthermore, "vent sexing is much more accurate, and can also be done at day-old rather than waiting until the wing feathers start to develop" said Andrew Large, Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council to CNBC via email.

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"The decline is largely as a result of poor awareness and the demands of the job. Vent sexers need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time with a high degree of accuracy and do the job quickly while respecting animal welfare," said Andrew Large.

In a job advertisement published on, a U.K. government website, employees would be paid £3 ($4.60) for every 100 chicks, and with an examination total of up to 1.5 million chicks per year.

With a current vacancy rate of around 25 percent, Andrew Large said that in terms of solving this decline in the sector, they hope to "find new recruits from the UK, EU and worldwide."

In the U.K., poultry makes up 46 percent of all meat consumed, with a total of 870 million birds being eaten by the public in 2013, according to the British Poultry Council.

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