CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S world famous circus is returning to Hong Kong and needs 250 temporary workers to help stage the show. A wide variety of supporting roles are on offer for the local leg of the internationally acclaimed Quidam tour from November 3 to December 18. Many of the part-time jobs are for evenings during performances so university students are prime recruitment targets. Positions on offer range from ushers, VIP hosts, box-office assistants and merchandising sales staff to helpers at food and beverage outlets to cooks, dining-room attendants, runners, janitors and cleaners. Jobs are also available working alongside Cirque du Soleil's renowned jugglers, acrobats and musicians from 16 different countries - with vacancies for production assistants, costume dressers, laundry assistants and even seamstresses to repair costumes. Pay ranges from $55 to $127 an hour depending on the position and qualification of the candidate. '[This] is at the top end of the scale for temporary jobs,' said Christine Pace, sales and marketing director for recruitment agency, Adecco. 'A lot of promotional events pay about $35 to $40 an hour so these rates are quite good,' she said. 'It is also a wonderful opportunity to have fun in a very unusual working environment with world-class artists.' Many of the jobs require the 'cirquadors', as the circus calls its temporary helpers, to work four hours each evening except Monday, with a double shift for the two daily shows over weekends. Recruits should pocket more than $10,000 in just over six weeks. In the spirit of the circus, Adecco is especially seeking 'outgoing and committed individuals' with good communication skills. 'There will be translators but it's important to speak basic English as well,' Ms Pace said. 'University students, especially from art schools, are ideal candidates. We are looking for fun people with energetic and enthusiastic personalities who will enjoy the unique experience of being part of this show. 'From our experience recruiting temporary staff in Singapore and Australia, art school students especially benefit from the valuable experience. At previous venues, many have applied for jobs without even asking about pay rates. Some of the backstage roles involve working directly with the international performers, so it is good for their portfolios.' Adecco is targeting students with campus recruitment drives at local colleges and universities, plus the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Fringe Club. But anyone aged over 18 and legally allowed to work in Hong Kong is welcome to apply. 'There is no maximum age or age discrimination,' she said. The only other requirements are that recruits should wear black clothes, which they have to provide themselves, and that they can be depended on to turn up for mostly evening shift work at the Waterfront Park venue at Cyberport in Pokfulam. Adecco is confident it will meet the recruitment requirements, although Ms Pace said: 'Since the economy has picked up, candidates primarily look for permanent jobs rather than temporary assignments, so there are fewer candidates around for work like this. But it will be exciting, rewarding and could be an experience of a lifetime.' To find ideal candidates, potential recruits are first invited to take an online assessment test. 'It's like a personality test but it only takes 15 or 20 minutes and applicants can take it in a cyber cafe or wherever is convenient,' she said. Finally, candidates will be invited for face-to-face interviews before attending a one-day induction programme to prepare for their roles. In case of a shortfall in local applications, they will supplement the numbers from Singapore, or even Australia, providing they are allowed to work in Hong Kong. 'We are definitely looking to fill the positions in Hong Kong first, but temporary workers from previous shows have already asked if they can join the tour in Hong Kong,' Ms Pace said. For 20 years, Cirque du Soleil has been reinventing the circus on a mission to 'invoke, provoke and evoke the imagination, senses and emotions of people around the world'. Combining the arts of both circus and street performers with stunning costumes and music, the shows are famously magical, daring, exotic, stylish and sophisticated. The new Quidam show is on a world tour that has already visited Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Next stop after Hong Kong is the United States. Cirque du Soleil last visited Hong Kong in 1998 and is one of the biggest international touring shows in the world. Adecco is a world leader in human resources and staffing in 70 countries and territories - including 13 in the Asia-Pacific region. An opportunity to be a 'Cirquador' Cirque du Soleil needs 250 temporary workers for the Quidam show . Part-time jobs available from November 3 to December 18 at Waterfront Park in Cyberport. Prime recruitment targets are university and art school students. Positions include ushers, box-office, merchandising, F&B, janitors, backstage assistants. Pay is from $55 to $127 an hour. 'Cirquadors' usually work four hours each evening except Monday, with double shift over weekends. Ideal candidates are energetic and enthusiastic with outgoing personalities and basic English.