People are always banging on about how the Swedes have such a high quality of life – other than the fact it’s freezing cold and everything’s really expensive, we might even be tempted to move there.
And if you need an extra motivation to leave the UK and head to Scandinavia, we’ve got it.
That’s because two artists, Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, are offering an “eternal employee” role in a train station in Gothenburg. You’ll be paid £1,754 a month to clock in and out every day – but what you do during that time is completely up to you.
You could sit around and watch Netflix at home, go to another job, hang around the station or doing something really worthwhile – it’s totally your choice.
The project is meant to shine a light on the prevailing culture of productivity and ‘hard work’.
“The position holds no duties or responsibilities, other than that it should be carried out at Korsvägen [station],” the job description explains. “Whatever the employee choses to do constitutes the work. The employment contract is full time and of indefinite duration. Should the employee resign or retire, a new employee is recruited.”
“Eternal Employment not only offers a different understanding of work and the worker, but questions the very notions of growth, productivity and progress which are at the core of modernity.”
“In the face of mass automation and artificial intelligence, the impending threat/promise is that we will all become productively superfluous. We will all be employed at Korsvägen, as it were.”
You’ve got some time to think about how you might spend your days, however – applications don’t open until 2025. Until then, you could always try doing what you want at your current job – and how could that possibly go wrong?