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article imageIkea Spain server crashed by too many Spanish job seekers

By Anne Sewell     Dec 4, 2013 in Business
Alfafar - The popular Swedish retail company Ikea is about to open yet another store, this time in Alfafar in the Valencian community of Spain. They have 400 jobs on offer, but received applications from 20,000 people, crashing their server capacity.
The Valencian community has one of the higher rates of unemployment, currently over 28 percent.
When Ikea decided to open yet another branch of their homeware stores in Alfafar in the eastern part of the Valencian community, opening early next year, local residents were, to say the least, hopeful.
Ikea posted an online questionnaire on their website on Monday for applicants to complete when applying for employment at the new store.
That's when the problem started. Ikea then posted the following message on their Facebook page:
"We have received so many applications to work for us in Ikea Valencia Alfafar that our server has collapsed."
Ikea Spain spokesman, Rodrigo Sanchez, told the Spanish media:
"We have temporarily closed the process until we find a solution that enables the online form to function correctly."
He added that they had received a total of 20,000 applications in just two days, for a total of 400 jobs that are available, and that this totally overwhelmed their website.
Sanchez said that the number was four times more applications in just those first two days than during any of their previous 15 store openings in Spain.
He did say that the largest number of applications was 50,000 for the store that the company opened in Jerez in 2009, but that those applications were spread over a whole month, not just two days.
The company has today added a note to the online application form thanking the applicants, apologizing for the problems and promising to contact all those that had applied soon.
Sanchez told the media (in Spanish) that the new Ikea Valencia Alfafar branch would directly create 400 jobs in the store, and that another 80 indirect jobs would be available for workers such as cleaners and security guards. The opening of the branch involves an investment of €80 million ($109 million).
Seems that it is not only in Spain that Ikea attracts a lot of job applicants, however, as the company had 28,616 applications for a mere 200 jobs at a new Ikea store in Pisa, Italy back in August this year.
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