An unemployed man has offered to donate a quarter of his wages to charity – if someone will give him a job.
Simon Sinclair is so desperate to find full-time employment that he has vowed to give 25% of his first annual salary to a good cause.
Mr Sinclair, who lives in Sunderland Road, South Shields, is hoping his unusual offer will help attract a future employer.
He said: “I thought this would make me stand out from the crowd. It is a little bit different.
“This way, I would benefit from any job offer and so would other people.
“To be able to do this and survive, realistically I’d need to earn around £20,000,”
Mr Sinclair has recently returned back to his hometown after living in the south for many years,
For six years he worked as a cellar manager at Windsor Race course.
For another eight years, he was employed in a pharmaceutical company’s post room where he organised courier services for more than 250 members of staff.
He said: “I loved both of those jobs. I am very good at organising, sorting things out and making sure things are running smoothly behind the scenes.
“This is the type of work I enjoy.”
He added: “Sadly I was made redundant three years ago, and, while I’ve had other jobs, they haven’t been for me.”
One of Mr Sinclair’s most recent jobs was as a cashier in a bookmakers.
Within three months he was promoted to manager and had the keys to his own store.
But the 70 hour weeks their took toll.
He said: “The job was difficult because as I was the manager. People used to regularly phone in sick, so then on my day off I’d have to go in .
“Then there was nobody to cover your breaks and you weren’t allowed to eat on the shop floor. It just wasn’t for me.
“Since then I’ve had driving jobs and factory work, but I’d love to be back in work full time.”
Mr Sinclair hasn’t decided which charity he’d donate part of his future wage too.
He said: “There’s so many people in need and lots of worthy causes. I’m still keeping my options open at the moment.
“I just hope someone sees this and it will encourage them to get in touch and find out a little bit more about me.”
If you are in a position to offer Mr Sinclair a job, he can be contacted on 07412 220 126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.