Beneficiary says 'dirty perverts' stop her from working

Marie Buchan relies on the benefit as her income (supplied)
Marie Buchan relies on the benefit as her income (supplied)

A British mother of eight says she can't find work because she gets chatted up by "dirty perverts" every time she tries to get a job.

Marie Buchan, known as Octomum in the UK, appeared on television recently defending her choice to live on the benefit instead of working.

Since then, she has plans to start her own mechanic business and come off the benefit after receiving criticism from the British public.

However, she says she finds it difficult to find employment because of being hit on by multiple men.

"A couple of garages approached me after seeing me on TV but as you talk to them more and more you see what they're after," Ms Buchan told the Daily Star

"They're not really after me working there, they're looking for something more. I think they're just dirty, big perverts."

Ms Buchan says woman are hindered by sexism in the workforce.

"You've got women in the police force, in the Army, we have the skills - it's just that men see us as sex symbols.

"I'm not going to be able to get the experience I need in a garage full of men. But there aren't any women mechanics in my area, so I don't know where it's going to come from."

She says despite the sexism she's been exposed to - she'll continue to fight for equality in the workplace.

"It's always been my dream and women are always getting ripped off. I want to put a stop to that."