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Job ad seeking Indian origin staff sparks race row in UK

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 21:26

London: A job advertisement by a US IT
major seeking someone "preferably of Indian origin" has
sparked a racism row here with the equality watchdog accusing
the firm of violating British laws.

The advertisement, which appeared on a popular
recruitment website, was placed on behalf of computer company,
Torry Harris, which has bases in Britain and India.
The advertisement reads: "Minimum six years of
experience in IT. The person should be a UK citizen with
security clearance from the UK Government. Preferably of
Indian origin."

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the
advertisement was removed last night from as the
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched an

The advertisement for the 38,000 pounds a year job was
spotted by IT consultant Vince Silva of Chepstow, Gwent.

He said: "I have never seen a recruitment advert like
this before, and think it is appalling job applicants could be
discriminated against in this way.

"It raises a wider question about the way in which
some big companies in Britain are bringing in IT workers from
abroad instead of recruiting them here."
Torry Harris has declined to comment, but the EHRC
said: "It is unlawful to discriminate against a job applicant
on the basis of their nationality. We will be looking into the

Recruitment agency McGregor-Boyall Associates said the
advert had been placed in error.

Spokesman Farhaan Majid said: "This is a mistake. I
put the advert through like this when I shouldn`t have done."

He said: "Some companies prefer to employ people of
Indian origin because they are immediately available and don`t
mind moving.

"Often people in Britain have mortgages and don`t want
to move."

The recruitment firm`s 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." said that advertisement content was the
responsibility of advertisers and it did not check listings
before they were placed on the site.


First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 21:26

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