Saudi Arabia has advertised for eight new executioners to deal with the increasing number of people waiting to be publicly beheaded.
No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgement of death, “ according to the civil service advert.
But it would also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences, such as theft, the advert on the Islamic Kingdom’s website says.
Saudi Arabia is in the top five countries in the world for putting people to death, human rights groups say.
It ranked number 3 in 2014, after China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States, according to Amnesty International figures.
A man beheaded on Sunday was the 85th person this year compared to 88 in the whole of 2014, said Human Rights Watch.
Amnesty said there were at least 90 executions last year.
Most were executed for murder, but 38 had committed drugs offences, HRW said.
About half were Saudi and the others were from Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Burma, Chad, Eritrea the Philippines and Sudan.
Saudi authorities have not said why the number of executions has increased so rapidly, but diplomats have speculated it may be because more judges have been appointed, allowing a backlog of appeal cases to be heard.
Political analysts say it might also reflect a tough response by the judiciary to regional turbulence.
A downloadable PDF application form for the executioner jobs, available on the website carrying Monday’s date, said the jobs were classified as “religious functionaries” and that they would be at the lower end of the civil service pay scale.