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20,000 seek Ikea jobs in Spain, crashing server

Published on Dec 4, 2013 8:59 PM

MADRID (AFP) - A flood of 20,000 applications for jobs at a new Ikea store in Spain crashed the company's Internet server, forcing it to suspend the hiring process, the Swedish furniture giant said on Wednesday.

The company posted an online questionnaire on Monday for applicants to work at the store, due to open early next year in Alfafar in the eastern region of Valencia where the unemployment rate is over 28 per cent.

"We have received so many applications to work for us in Ikea Valencia Alfafar that our server has collapsed," the company said in a Facebook message.

"We have temporarily closed the process until we find a solution that enables the online form to function correctly," added a spokesman for Ikea in Spain, Rodrigo Sanchez.

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