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UK — EHRC investigates anti-British job advertisement

19 March 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an investigation into a 38,000 Pounds job advertisement, which was posted by staffing agency McGregor-Boyall Associates on behalf of technology company Torry Harris on the jobsite.co.uk internet job board, The Daily Mail reports.

The advertisement stated "minimum six years of experience in IT…The person should be a UK citizen…. Preferably of Indian origin.

Conservative Monmouth Member of Parliament (MP) David Davies said "It is quite clearly racist. I call on the EHRC to show resolute action in dealing with cases of anti-British discrimination."

McGregor-Boyall Managing Director, Laurie Boyall, said "It should not have been put up, and was cut and pasted from material sent to us by a client in India."

McGregor Boyall spokesman Farhaan Majid said "some companies prefer to employ people of Indian origin because they don't mind moving. Often people in Britain…have mortgages and don't want to move."

Jobsite.co.uk said that advertisement content was the responsibility of advertisers. Torry Harris declined to comment.

The event comes a few days after Asda supermarkets cooked meat supplier Forza AW was accused of discriminating against British workers by insisting that job applicants must speak Polish in spite of their UK workplace. The company later described the advertisement as "a mistake".



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