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    Jan 29, 2014

    50-year-old lands coveted nanny job

    FANCY getting paid $4,500 a month to babysit?

    Sorry, the job's been taken.

    An advertisement for a Singaporean nanny to live with a family in Sentosa Cove that was put up last month received applications from 200 women, according to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao.

    In the end, a 50-year-old woman got the coveted job. She is due to move in and start work after Chinese New Year.

    The advertisement raised eyebrows for its sizeable salary, after it was reposted on several online forums and on social media last month.

    The newspaper reported yesterday that some applicants were as young as 21, while the oldest was 56.

    But many did not meet all the criteria, and only three were shortlisted by Recruitfirst, the agency which put up the advertisement.

    The woman who eventually won the job aced her two-hour interview last Friday with the employer, who offered her the position on the spot.

    The nanny's duties include babysitting, bathing and feeding a seven-year-old girl, and driving the child to and from school. She must also do some light housekeeping and administrative duties.

    She has a six-day work week, and her pay includes all meals.

    But who exactly is this mysterious nanny?

    Recruitfirst declined to give further details other than her age and that she is an experienced live-in nanny.

    Lianhe Wanbao said it understands that the woman is of average build, a "talented cook", and "warm and polite".