The Superbike Rider

Name

Leon Camier

Work

Team Airwaves Ducati

Age

21

Where

Bournemouth

How much do you get paid?

It’s six figures. I get a performance-based salary and then I also get paid from sponsors. But no riders are making a million out of this, no way.

How did you get into it?

My dad got me into junior grass track racing when I was six. I won five championships, then went onto road racing. Last year was my first in Superbikes.

What are the hours like?

There’s training and PR and fitness stuff during the day and just generally trying to organise stuff for the weekend’s race. It’s certainly not a 9-5 job.

Describe your average working day

vI’ll get up, do some paperwork, go down the gym and maybe go for a two-hour pushbike ride. At weekends it’s different: everything’s about being race-fit and having enough water and eating the right food.

What are your co-workers like?

The guys at Ducati are awesome, they made it really easy for me to fit in. I don’t have much to do with other riders though..

What’s the best perk?

There’s a lot of free stuff, especially clothes, and there’s also the freedom to do whatever you want. If you want to spend the afternoon motocrossing, you can.

What causes you the most hassle?

Paperwork. I hate it. A lot of what I have to do is just like running a business, keeping on top of accounts and all that shit. It’s not for me.

What was your worst experience?

When I crashed last year at Cadwell Park and broke my leg. I was only doing about 60mph, but I got it all wrong and the bike spat me off. As I landed my leg snapped at the top of the femur.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Yeah, it is. There are loads of brolly girls and a lot of female fans who know who you are. The girls are there, certainly.

The Sperm Counter

Name

Paul Wilson

Work

Care fertility clinics

Age

35

Where

Northampton

How much do you get paid?

The pay brackets for a lab manager, which is my official title, are between £35,000 and £55,000.

How did you get into it?

I did a project at uni on sperm morphology. The tutor was interested in ‘the female orgasm’, which sounded interesting…

What are the hours like?

We work as long as the job requires, but it probably averages out at between 40 and 50 hours a week..

Describe your average working day

We get the chap into a little room where he has a nice supply of magazines, then we take his sample, and then in the lab we put the sample in a counting chamber. A good count is 20 million per millilitre, but you can get up to 200 million.

What are your co-workers like?

Mostly female. Very professional, highly-skilled and caring.

What’s the best perk?

It’s not like a job where you get freebies – not ones you’d want, anyway. I guess it’s seeing patients bring in their baby after a successful treatment cycle.

What causes you the most hassle?

Trying to find donor sperm for patients who need it. Some men have no sperm, so donor sperm is vital, but there’s a nationwide shortage.

What was your worst experience?

Any time I’m taking a sample to freeze from a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. You have to ask what they would like to happen to the sperm if they were no longer around.

Is your job good for meeting women?

All I can say is that I met my wife at work.