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Camp Freddy

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PostSubject: HR/Employment question   Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:03 am

My employer recently pointed us towards our website where there are a list of jobs and suggested we might contact our family and friends and see if they would be interested as the deadline is approaching.

Some of these jobs look quite interesing and a friend of mine emailled HR asking for further details, only to be told that the jobs were for external candidates only. This is interesting as I was considering applying for one myself.

Are employers actually allowed to do this?
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:41 am

You know I have no idea! I know that often companies have slightly different procedures for internal/external applicants (see the BBC jobs page for a statement to this effect) but not sure whether you can restrict the job to externals only... I suspect if they perceive the internal skill set to be a poor match then they might be able to.
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:02 am

Don't know about the law, but I find it quite an extraordinary policy. Most companies encourage internal recruitment above external.
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:22 pm

I would have thought it was discrimination. It certainly seems an extraordinary policy.

And not exactly moral-boosting among the workplace. Unless, I suppose, they can justifiable claim that NO-ONE currently employed by them has the requisite experience/qualifications. I would certainly be seeking clarification of the policy.
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:16 pm

I dont think it is against the law, but seems a little counter productive for morale, with few exceptions where it might be reasonably clear the skills do not exist in the workforce (e.g. a new MD or something where there are relatively junior management).

I would be having a word with my line manager if I were you....
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:57 am

helencb wrote:
I dont think it is against the law, but seems a little counter productive for morale, with few exceptions where it might be reasonably clear the skills do not exist in the workforce (e.g. a new MD or something where there are relatively junior management).


I think even in that case it seems unnecessary to ban anyone from applying, it shouldn't be too much trouble to say to an existing employee that applied, "sorry we don't think you are ready for this role yet".
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PostSubject: Re: HR/Employment question   Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:59 am

helencb wrote:
I would be having a word with my line manager if I were you....

My line manager is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard mad
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