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Job adverts specifying that "young" people are wanted

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wondering105 Tue 03-Nov-15 16:51:03

Am a bit hmm.

Am looking at Teaching English as a Foreign language jobs online and in the space of 10 minutes one advert specified young or young at heart (yeah right - what are the candidates supposed to do to prove how young at heart they are) people. The other just said young.

I get that the students might all be in their 20s, but is it even legal to specify an age range in a job advert?

DisappointedOne Tue 03-Nov-15 16:51:35

It's difficult.

SueDunome Tue 03-Nov-15 16:54:34

Specifying young people is illegal, surely? We have an Age Discrimination Act. I don't think you have to put your date of birth on an application form any more.

mintoil Tue 03-Nov-15 16:56:26

Are the advertised jobs in the UK? If so they cannot ask for "young" people like that, no. It contravenes the Equality Act 2010.

To use a protected characteristic in a job advert, the potential employer has to state there is a "Genuine Occupational Requirement" for the post holder to be male/female/whatever.

This link may help.

Good Luck!

wondering105 Tue 03-Nov-15 16:58:42

That's what I thought sue. I guess the advertisers don't care as people like me (46) have been put off applying.

wondering105 Tue 03-Nov-15 16:59:29

Sorry mintoll x post. Will look at your link.

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