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Australia – Recruitment agencies come under fire again

10 October 2013

A senior insurance broker, who has been looking for work for the past seven months, has accused recruitment agencies of discriminating against him because of his age, reports insurancebusinessonline.com.au.

Having left his previous job to look after his mother and pursue new challenges, Sydney-based, Lester Levin has sent out more than 200 job applications. Despite having more than 15 years’ experience in insurance broking, he hasn’t received a single offer of employment.

Mr Levin, 60, applied for work through at least six major recruitment agencies and suggests that some recruitment agencies have discriminated against him due to his age.

He said: “They would never say it but I cannot think what else it could be. I’m a senior so they automatically write me off. As far as the Financial Services Reforms go, I believe there is an element of age discrimination. I may be 60 but I’m not dead yet. I have no plans to retire.”

Mr Levin also believes he has missed out on roles because recruiters lack the appropriate skills to properly vet CVs. “Brokers need tier one or tier two qualifications but most recruiters do not have expertise or experience in general insurance to identify whether the appropriate candidate meets the criteria. Under Financial Services Reforms, employers can. They should be the ones who vet resumes. They know what to look for.”

Over the past seven months, Mr Levin noticed a pattern forming: Not only are various recruitment agencies advertising the same jobs, but once a position has been filled, it is re-advertised some weeks later, indicating that agencies are failing to source the appropriate candidates.

He said: “Clearly recruiters don’t know how to get the right employee for the client. It’s all very frustrating. It seems brokers have a hard time getting decent applicants through the door but here I am ready, willing and able. I’m a senior but I would start at the bottom and work my way to account executive.”

This is the second time in a week that the recruitment industry in Australia has come under fire

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