Applicants hope to come up Trumps with new Paddy Power role

Paddy Power has received hundreds of applications from all over the world, including Washington DC, from people hoping to be its head of Trump betting.

Paddy Power has received hundreds of applications from all over the world, including Washington DC, from people hoping to be its head of Trump betting.

Last week, Recruiter reported how the betting company had placed an advert in the Evening Standard for this unusual role. The successful candidate will monitor and manage existing betting markets related to US President Donald Trump, while devising new betting specials to launch.

Updating Recruiter on its progress in hiring someone to take on the role, a Paddy Power spokesperson said its job ad had attracted “hundreds” of applicants worldwide.

“There are applicants not just from the UK & Ireland as you’d expect but also from across America, including Washington DC quite interestingly, from France, from Germany and New Zealand.

“We did look at the person in Washington and their experience but they are not a member of the Trump administration so they don’t have any inside information but obviously their location would be a benefit to monitoring the President’s actions and update.”

Explaining the reasons for the recruitment campaign, which is being run across LinkedIn, the firm’s own website as well as Metro and the Standard, the spokesperson said Trump betting has been a “huge” area of business in the last year. “Last year, the US presidency was our biggest non-sporting betting market by far.

It attracted in volume more than double the number of bets than Brexit did, which is quite staggering given the EU referendum was a generation defining event. “Since his inauguration, there’s been interest around Trump novelties, so that’s anything from will he paint the White House gold? To will he get impeached?

At the same time during Barack Obama’s presidency he’d had 50 times fewer bets. Donald Trump is magnet for novelty betting.” As for when a candidate could be in place, the spokesperson added that the firm hopes to start contacting applicants at the end of this week ahead of arranging interviews.

“We were hoping to have someone on board by end of this month, but it depends on notice periods and where we’re based and any moving they need to do in terms of relocation but we would like them to be in place by the end of this month before Trump reaches 100 days in office on 29 April.”

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