An ATV quiz offering jobs as prizes attracted a meagre response from the unemployed yesterday - about 30 applicants - despite a record jobless rate of 7.8 per cent, or 275,000 people. The one-hour show, provisionally titled Win a Job, will be screened twice a week for three months from the end of this month. The small group of would-be contestants lined up outside the entrance to ATV headquarters in Broadcast Drive, Kowloon Tong, hours before the station began to accept applications. One woman in her 40s, from Tsing Yi, said she had arrived at noon, three hours early. 'I have been out of a job for two years,' she said. 'I have tried every channel that is available, it's no harm to try one more!' She disagreed that the show was making fun at the expense of the unemployed. 'I think ATV has done a great job. We need more such programmes. When you are out of a job and desperate to make a living, you will be grateful for any help,' she said. Most of the applicants were middle-aged, with 70-year-old Mr Lee the oldest. The septuagenarian said: 'My savings are running out and I really need a job. I saw the advertisement for this programme on TV last night so I decided to come.' The youngest would-be contestant, Mr Wong, 18, said he had already applied for the government's internship programme but had still decided to have a try. 'You never know which offer will be the best,' he said. Mr Leung, 40, who described himself as his family's bread-winner, said: 'I'd be happy with any job offer. I have tried the Labour Department, I took the re-training programmes, I went to workers' unions for help, but all are useless. I guess it is my age.' An ATV spokeswoman said a dozen employers had already pledged to provide more than 100 posts in all, including in the tourism and media industries and as waiters and dim-sum makers. Three contestants will compete on each show. A short film about their backgrounds will be screened and their families will be interviewed. Viewers will vote for their favourite candidate by phone, although potential employers will have the final say.