Have you spotted the web’s hidden job vacancies?

The web's secret jobs

Posted by: Mike Warrilow, 29th September 2017

In a digital world that demands ever-changing technical skills, it seems some companies are introducing a new dimension to shortlist savvy candidates.

Hidden in the depths of their websites’ code, these organisations are posting job vacancies for engineers, cyber security experts and ethical hackers.


Tech giant, Apple, hit the news a few weeks ago after a Cyber Security Reporter, Zack Whittaker, found a hidden job vacancy by chance.

Mr Whittaker explained that although he was not going to apply for the job, he was still excited by the discovery; “It’s remarkable to see these companies taking innovative ways to entice people to work for them,” he said.


PayPal have also reportedly had job vacancies hidden in the same way;

PayPal code

But this isn’t the only pay PayPal try to attract new talent; they also target hackathons, offering jobs to the winners.

PayPal’s Chief Technology Officer, James Barrese, explained why the company is having to use alternative recruitment tactics;

“Every industry is being disrupted by software, and so demand for software talent, engineering talent, has just been growing up- it’s getting more competitive.”


Trawl their source code and you can also find job vacancies with image and video hosting website, Flickr;


Despite online image library, Imgur’s aim to provide a sharing community, the company decided to make their members hunt and uncover for their secret job vacancy code.

Once found, users read:

“You opened the console!’ … ‘Want to work for one of the best start-ups around?’

IMGUR hidden jobs

The result of companies introducing these innovative job search techniques? Candidates now need to step up to stand out and go that extra mile to prove capabilities before even hitting ‘send’ on their CV.

However, this thinking outside the box could actually have a positive effect for the few candidates who do uncover these roles… a reduction in competition is not something to be sniffed at.