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An advert for an IT professional "preferably of Indian origin" is being investigated after complaints were made to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. The ad, placed on, said: "Minimum six years of experience in IT ... The person should be a UK citizen with security clearance from the UK Government. …


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  1. cdtplug
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    If the advert had said of white english origins there would be flag burning in the streets by now

    1. Colin Morris

      @cdtplug : WTF

      What sort of a Daily Mail 'commentard', border-line racist comment is this?

      If the advert was for someone of white english origins then anyone with a brown face or with a white non-english face would be excluded. The only difference in this case is that anyone with a brown face that's not of indian origin or a white face of any nationality is excluded. In both cases nearly all of the same type of people are excluded.

      Yet, surprisingly there still isn't any flag burning in the streets!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What happens if it's positive discrimination?

    It seems to be mandated in some areas.

    1. Ess Mohican
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      Sorry there is no such thing as 'positive' discrimination.

      Discrimination is discrimination.

      Reminded me of a mate that swore blind that only white people could be racist.

      1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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        @Ess Mohican

        "Reminded me of a mate that swore blind that only white people could be racist."


        Let's just if he were an asian IT person with a British passport working in Kuwait when the owner came around on his annual visit he'd be revising his view on this subject.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    What's new?

    A study recently discovered that Canadian employers favoured white candidates to non-whites. This study used resumes with caucasian and non-caucasian names but with similar work experience.

    I also once had an odd job interview where the interviewer said that his university, Imperial College, was better than mine, Manchester University. Didn't get that job.

    1. Ihre Papiere Bitte!!


      is renowned for refusing to hire non-Quebecois wherever they can avoid it. At the very least, fluency in French (not French French, you understand, but Quebec French) is mandatory if you manage to slip past the first post.

      1. Bill Gould

        re: Quebec

        But who really wants to work in Quebec? Really.

        I still vote we swap the populations with Newfoundland and then blast the island free to float as they will.

        1. Ihre Papiere Bitte!!
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          Re: Bill Gould - "Who wants to work in Quebec?"

          "I still vote we swap the populations with Newfoundland and then blast the island free to float as they will."

          As long as you get all the Screech* from Newfoundland first, that's just fine...

          * The real stuff - not the namby-pamby stuff you find in liquor stores

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Jobs Horns

      UK is the same

      Out of two similar resumes with one named Vinod Patel and other named let's say Vaclav Havel it will be Vinod's phone rining off the hook.

      Been there, done that experiment myself. More than once. Using real jobs advertised by _REAL_ UK agencies.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        They hire same people as themselves. If you go to IT department of any large company you will see lots of people of Indian origin. I would be rather surprised if they haven't tried to help their kin. At least whites will not waste their time to try to get a job they'll never get.

        That doesn't apply to Central / East Europeans though, as they are a jealous bunch. I know it first hand, sadly...

    3. Mr Lion

      That's absurd

      Everyone knows Manchester pisses on Imperial. Bunch of chess playing geeks.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Isn't specifying a preference for an Indian a xenophobic act, rather than racist?

    You may or may not be surprised to know that in Dubai and Beijing it is still common-place for Chinese companies with an international element to specifically ask for a native of some countries rather than just speaker.

    Eg: Not: German and English speaker preferred

    but: "German native national only!"

    1. PirateSlayer


      Nothing wrong with asking for a specific language, or that the level must be native. What they have said is essentially "must have brown skin". Maybe they MEANT must be native speaker of x language...but I wonder if they did.

      1. Paul 4

        Doubt it

        Since Indian is not a language. Hindi and English are the "offical" languages, and then hundreds of others accross the reagons.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        No they haven't

        Quote: "What they have said is essentially "must have brown skin"."

        You can be white and of Indian origin you know, look at Spike Milligan ffs. All "of Indian origin" means is that you were born in India and India is a multi-cultural society with people of all races born there.

        I haven't seen the ad so there's no way for me to tell whether it complies with Eq Opp regulations, but it is possible under defined circumstances to require particular backgrounds for a role if it is a reasonable request and a requirement for being able to perform that role. From the description the Reg provides here it doesn't sound like this was the case for this ad, but who knows if the Reg has reported all the details properly.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes, racist.

      Legal and internationally accepted definitons of racism include ethnicism (which is what this is) because nobody wants to try to pronounce ethnicism on a regular basis. Far kinder to the vocal chords to just lump it in with racism.

    3. Dole Monkey

      It's taxism

      It's got nothing to do with race, religion, nationality or language skills.

      I worked for an Indian outsourcing firm in the UK. All of their Indian staff received a full dispensation from UK Income Tax and National Insurance while working in the UK. That is why UK companies want Indian contract staff. They're half the cost of Brits.

      I was sacked after six months in the job. They were very apologetic but they explained that they simply couldn't justify paying over 100% of my take home pay to Gordon in the form of NI & PAYE when they'd identified an employee in their Chennai office who could do my job tax free. I left on a Friday afternoon and the Indian bloke was sitting at my desk, tax free, on the Monday morning. I'm told that the client I was working for now has a strict 'Indians only' employment policy.

  5. Squirrel


    Maybe they preferred someone that spoke one of the asian subcontinents many languages so as to make communication with their outsource/overseas comms easier?

    Obviously not the correctly way of advertising it but that's my best guess.

    1. Marvin the Martian

      Local languages?

      Like English? It's not like there's much of another lingua franca in indian IT.

      The communication problems stem from mentality differences more than language differences (compare with a japanese person avoiding at all cost to say "no" and instead politely making all kind of sideways suggestions --- you feel they wasted your time when after endless struggle there's still no progress, they feel you're harassing them for something they made clear they can't deliver to you).

      So if they'd written "local indian experience preferred" they'd be OK legally and practically --- they would get what they want, now including the possibility of a white english guy who worked there for long enough to be able to manage them.

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        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          re: Yep

          Well known by whom? You clearly haven't been anywhere near and Indian newspaper in the last 100 or so years. The same national daily broadsheet can have a dozen different spellings for the same place name and half a dozen constructions for the same sentence, all wrong. In one issue (The Hindu generally being an honourable exception). Even accounting for the very different styles of English usage between India and the UK, most written English the average person will encounter on the subcontinent reads like a literary train wreck in slow motion.

          I generally love the way Indians use the language to express themselves, both written and spoken, but I see no point in claiming easily disprovable perfection for its delivery.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Obviously No Cowboys need apply...

    As they are all managing the the IT project.

    were they also offering to pay wages in Rupees as well?

    Its no wonder so many of us IT people are out of work with hundreds of thousands of Aliens working in the UK!

    1. David 141

      Damn aliens

      Obviously anyone who isn't of good native neanderthal stock should f--- off back where they came from.

      1. Rattus Rattus

        But then...

        We'd be left with nothing but footballers and MPs!

  7. Psymon

    Oh good grief

    I would guestimate that the job description writers intentions were most likely to specify a language skillset, or perhaps even intimate cultural knowlage, but due to the many dialects employed in India decided to truncate their requirements into a rather unfortunate wording.

    I wish local bodies would become this irate over real threats to human rights

    1. Arclight

      Good advert for the company

      Your most likely correct, and they're after someone who can fluently speak with their Indian office. But it doesn't say much for the company that they can't phrase it correctly. Maybe they should also advertise for someone of "British origin" to work in personel.

      Jimmy Edwards would have them speaking properly

  8. Tony Green

    You've got to laugh... a foul rag like the Daily Hate complaining about racism.

    1. Adam Salisbury

      The only reason...

      You shouldn't need me to tell you the only reason The Daily Fail are up in arms is because it's white people who're being discriminated against! They must be having kittens over there

      1. YARR

        Daily Fail eh?

        Daily Mail - 2,111,204 Average Net Circulation 01 Feb 2010 - 28 Feb 2010

        The Guardian - 284,514 Average Net Circulation 01 Feb 2010 - 28 Feb 2010

        The Daily Mail looks like quite a successful publication to me. Clearly they're more in tune with public opinion than some notably less successful publications that only keep going due to government and BBC job ads.

        You should read the Daily Mail some time, you'll find plenty of accurate, balanced, informative reporting, no sign of hatred anywhere. It sounds like certain spiteful, hate-filled Reg-readers could use a dose of real news for a change to straighten their warped perceptions.

        1. heyrick Silver badge

          Daily Fail... fail... fail... fail icon...

          First point, distribution numbers does not necessarily equate to "better". Proof? IT angle - compare installations of Adobe Flash to any of the (arguably safer) clone versions. Hell, compare deployment of the cack that is IE6 versus Opera.

          Second point, have you watched much British television recently? It seems to me that a lot of it is not so much reporting facts as telling people what to think. We get the Fail over here, a few days late, and it's frequently emotive suggestive front page headlines. Are people learning from the Fail, or being instructed by it?

          Final point - I used to be an avid Daily Mail reader back in the '80s. Early '90s it all went so very wrong. I tend to equate it now with the likes of the Sun or the Mirror, only with words suitable for literate people (or sheep, really). I do pop by the Fail website from time to time. Littlejohn writes like such a twit, it's enjoyable reading (if you have a high tolerance level).

        2. Martin


          Great joke, there, about the Daily Mail being a decent newspaper.

          Oh, sorry - you were being serious?

          My mother reads the Daily Mail. I pick it up once every two or three weeks at her house to look at it, to try to find the "accurate, balanced, informative reporting, no sign of hatred anywhere" to which you refer.

          What I always, ALWAYS, find is inaccurate, biassed, deliberately misleading articles and hate-spewing commentary.

          It is revolting.

          1. Anonymous Coward



            What the hell is it with Daily Fail and it's obsessions with Swan-eating Eastern Europeans ( who are only here for the Swan-eating, looting and pillaging apparently ) and the endless stories about WWII, ffs?

            I cannot understand any person with an IQ above pond-life levels, having the nerve to pay for it and then actually sit and read it?!

            Any excuse for the DM to stick-up for "white middle-Englanders" worried about Johnny Foreigner taking over the world. The empire is long gone, get over yourselves! We now spend our time bickering over property bounderies in upper-Snobbington and claiming we can still play cricket and football, both of which we no longer have a clue about!

            Sheesh! * breathe * Breathe in love, blow out hate, repeat....

  9. Rasczak

    pPositve or negative ?

    The quote from the company, "We will not tolerate any form of discrimination, racial or otherwise, whether it is of a positive or a negative nature."

    Isn't all racism negative ?

    1. Roby

      that isn't what it meant

      It's talking about positive discrimination.

      1. Rasczak

        What's positive

        So if I was to positively discriminate to ensure that only people who didn't have a nim of Roby got jobs because we have an over abundance of Robys at the moment then that is also positive for you ?

    2. PirateSlayer


      But not all discrimination is :D

      1. Rasczak

        Yes it is

        If you are discriminated against, for any reason, then it would certainly be negative for you wouldn't it.

        Any discrimination is negative for someone.

        1. Roby


          Rasczak, positive discrimination is a recognised term. For example if a government confers advantages to a minority group in order to redress a balance, then that is positive discrimination. Basically instead of discriminating AGAINST someone, you do something FOR them because they would normally be discriminated against.

          It's pretty common for women to be the benefactors, for example when David Cameron said he would make at least a third of his cabinet women. Or this:

          I don't necessarily agree with it, and the spokeswoman for Torry Harris was saying they won't tolerate it. I don't understand why you've got a bit upset/angry with me. Yes it's negative for someone, that's pretty much the main problem with it.

          1. Rasczak

            @ Roby

            I know exactly what positive discrimination is. It is a way to redress a perceived imbalance in the makeup of a workforce that ignores the one thing that is required in recruitment, namely, who is the best candidate for the job.

            If the best way of productivity for a company means that the best candidates that applied were entirely women then why should a man get a job ahead of a better qualified woman, just because the male/female ratio is wrong ? That is not only negative for the woman who doesn't get the job, it is also negative for the company.

            I know that it exists, is legal, and in some cases the government is attempting to make it illegal not to postively discriminate. Whatever it is still wrong, decisions should be based on suitability for the job and nothing else.

        2. Roby


          I meant beneficiaries instead of benefactors.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      it depends

      which race you are on

      its all subjective.

      but frankly, i don't give a flying shit. someone once had a go at me and made racist remarks (in a negative fashion) at work.

      i didn't say anything to him, i didn't care enough about either him or the issue to argue the point.

      does him mentioning my race make the fact that he was insulting me any worse than it already was? the answer is no.

      calling me scottish is a compliment . adding bastard on the end just turns it into a point of view.

      he was entitled to his, and by that point I had already decided he was sorely lacking both an education and another braincell to keep his existing one company.

      i can fight my own fights. i don't need some politcally correct remtard being offended on my behalf, infact i find the idea truly offensive and repulsive.

      if someone insulted me and i actually gave a shit, i'd deck the bastard. whether or not he mentioned what country i'm from would make little difference after i'd broken his jaw.

      besides, if this company don't allow positive discrimination, how do they justify paying their execs more than the codemonkeys? that's what i'd call positive discrimination, from the point of view of the execs. i wonder what race *they* are?

      anon for obvious and inflammatory reasons.

      just go have a pint everyone, and fuckin chillax.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Former employee

    I used to work for the tiny company, when they were known as THBS, in their Southampton office. They are Indian in origin, (formally a door-to-door fish salesman I believe, and then someone bought the company name) with most of the work being done in Bangalore. Never struck me as racist when I was there, and when I went to their bangalore offices, they couldn't be friendlier. Probably just a poorly thought out job advert, although you would have thought this kind of thing would be picked up before publication in this day and age.

    I for one welcome our hard working Indian overlords, and hope they will give me a job when they begin their war with China over dominion of Earth.

    1. The Indomitable Gall

      This day and age...?

      " Probably just a poorly thought out job advert, although you would have thought this kind of thing would be picked up before publication in this day and age. "

      This is precisely the day and age when this sort of thing *wouldn't* be picked up. The immediacy of technology and the false assurances of spell checkers mean there's far more written material out there that hasn't been through the hands of a professional proof-reader.

      In a previous day and age, there would have been some sort of "costumer service" between the advertiser and the press and they might have queried the wording.

      Not today. Not this day and age.

      1. Jonathan

        "costumer service"

        should we assume that the spelling of "costumer service" is intentional, given that it probably wouldn't get "through the hands of a professional proof-reader" ?

        after all, "the false assurances of spell checkers..."


  11. Anonymous Coward

    Nothing new here

    There is a number of Indian outsourcing companies that continuously put racist and illegal ads on Jobsite, LinkedIn, etc. I have reported a few, but the general approach of the Home Office is "We do not give a flying f***".

    I guess it takes the Daily Fail to intervene for someone to notice the one of the many ads.

    That is of course the "visible" side of the coin here. There is also the invisible. Racial selection is ripe in the UK IT industry.

    A while back I got so pissed off by not getting any responses for job apps that I invented a "lodger" that lived at my address, graduated from the worst Indian university I could find info on, went through a few companies that went bust and so on. Basically I cooked an Indian CV that had "failure" written all over it and applied for the jobs that never provided me with any feedback under that name. There were at least 3 big UK agencies that rang the "indian" phone (actually my second NTL line) like crazy for weeks after that.

    1. Solomon Grundy

      Invisible Selection Bias in the U.S.

      We have the very same thing here in the U.S. where Asians and Indians get preference in technical jobs. Years ago I assumed that all the Patel's, Anand's, & Li's coming across my desk was due to the fact that mostly Indians and Asians were applying for IT jobs.

      I eventually figured out that the recruiting agencies are terribly guilty of racial profiling and will send up the resumes they *think* seem more fitting based on race, not necessarily experience, training, or capabilities.

      The HR side of the IT business went to hell in a hand basket a long time ago. After nearly two decades in the god forsaken industry I'll be glad to get out next year.

  12. davefb

    i wonder

    could this be someone in HR having a dig about outsourcing in the company?

  13. matt 115

    age discrimination?

    I thought it was also now considered age discrimination to ask for "x years experience in y"?

    1. BritPad


      No I think that's algeb- ra- cism

  14. Edward Clarke

    Is all racism negative?

    Is all racism negative? You decide:

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    New Museum of Swedish Doorknobs and Beauty seeking bright, young Swedish woman to polish our knobs. Must be blond so as to avoid clashing with our decor. Should have huge... tracts of land.

    Apply within.

  15. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    So what is the problem here?

    Is this a government agency hiring? No. This the private sector.

    Then people should shut the fuck up.

    If these dudes need Indians, then so be it. It's more efficient to be up front than to have candidates coming in which you then have to reject because they are not between 4'12'' and 4'13'' tall or something.

    1. Jonathan

      your pinciple

      ...i totally agree with.

      - i pay the wages, i can pay who i want and if i reject a better qualified person as a result its my own stupid fault for hurting my business.

      however legality has nothing to do ethics, morality or common-sense, only with (past and present) government policy and if the advert had said "no indians" or "whites only" they'd have been run out of town.

      i think sexism is almost officially defined as "bias against women", so you can't actually be legally sexist by discriminating against men.

      i can only assume that, given this and the BNP having to change their constitution (it would be so good if every "ethnic minority person" in the country tried to join) but with the Black Police Officers association (an explicitly racially exclusive name/organisation, no?) being allowed to continue existing, that the same sort of 1 way traffic must apply for race.

      the joys of being white male - but thats a topic for the BBCs "Have Your Say" not mr. register's posting page :-)

      1. Mark O

        Black Police Officers association not racist

        Resticting membership of an association is different to restricting employment. Associations are no more than clubs, which to my mind, should always be allowed to be run as "private clubs" rather like I run a "private home".

        If I decide not to let someone into my home because of his race, then my racism (and stupidity etc.) are irrelevent because it is *my* home and he/she has no right to demand an explanation. (If I shout racist crap at him from my doorway then that might be different.) The right to decide who you let in to your home/club/orgy/etc. is called freedom of association.

        Employment is a different matter, although this is purely because the law has (rightly, IMHO) decided that freedom of association does not extend to staffing of a business be it public or private.

    2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Hmm.... 7 downvotes to my post

      Yep, the belief in the Nanny State For Everyone and Justice For All is alive and well.

  16. Juan Inamillion

    @This day and age...?

    "In a previous day and age, there would have been some sort of "costumer service" between the advertiser and the press and they might have queried the wording."

    I think you may have overstated your point....

  17. Andus McCoatover

    Happens here - but only recently.

    Looking at jobs as a cleaner. Office joint. Part-time work. Evening work, when everyone's fuc*ked off home. High-tech international company. For the client, English is the working language.

    Ad. reads "Excellent Finnish essential (in Finnish)". Basically, they don't want some immigrant/refugee mopping the floor. They want a native.

    Even if a Somalian refugee's learnt near-perfect Finnish, my Somalian mate who has, tells me there's still some excuse to trip him up, like a colloquialism he doesn't know. "What is a 'mäyräkoira'?" "I don't know" "It's a twelve-pack of beer. Sorry. Next" "But I'm Muslim, how would I know???" "NEXT!!!"

    Same with McD's rival, Hesburger. Because of tourists/businessmen, every member of staff has to have English. But, to mop the floor, I need "Excellent Finnish skills"

    Blatant discrimination.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Paris Hilton


      Why doesn't your Somali mate work as a translator?

      But no, gotta do floors in finnish.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Probably placed by someone in India

    Look at the classified jobs ads in the "Times of India" sometime. A few weeks ago I saw an Indian law firm advertising for a legal assistant, the ad stated "Persons aged over 35 need not apply." . Rules must be different there.

    (Then read the matrimonial classifieds. It's a *very* different culture... )

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  19. Andrew Moore

    Maybe...'s because they are tired of hiring cowboys...

  20. Juan Inamillion

    @Nothing new here #

    "There is a number of...

    You mean 'are a number'

    " that continuously put...."

    You mean 'continually put...'


    I. Pedant.

    1. Barry Lane 1

      @Juan Inamillion

      Questionable, that one. "There is a number of people" sounds a little odd, it's true, yet "there are a number of people" is clumsy. My question would be: "what number are that?"

      "There is a group of people over there" is right. There are several people in that group, but there is only one group and that group "is", not that group "are".

  21. Beelzeebub

    Tata... our English jobs.

    Oops, sorry, I may be being racist here!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      I think you mean, "all our English jobs to Tata"

      1. Beelzeebub


        ... as in cheerio, tara, bye etc.

        1. The Indomitable Gall

          You're not really English!

          "Tata... ... as in cheerio, tara, bye etc."

          An English person would have laughed at the Anonymous Coward's **joke**.

  22. aky

    happens all the time

    Im indian and i know friends in HR who recruit only indians..

    At the same time there are others who do not even look at a CV if it belongs to someone with a foreign sounding name.

    it happens all the time.

    and i bet everyone here knows this

    1. Anonymous Coward


      The only upside here is if you know they are going to reject you if you are not Indian, you won't waste your time applying. Similary, if you are Indian, you might not waste your time if you know an employer is going to reject you because you aren't Anglo Saxon.

      Jobserve and Jobsite are like eBay - placing all responsibility on the advertiser.

      We need to audit these companies on the number of applications and their ethnic origin versus the ethnicity of the successful applicants. No positive descrimination, just need to penalise companies (e.g. by trebling their corporation tax) who vary from acceptable statistical variation based on UK population figures. OK, there may be flaws (e.g. in comparing areas like outer London to the Lake District).

      India is such a big place I can't see the point in requiring an Indian...Sikhs may dislike Hindus who may dislike Moslems and then you have the whole caste system... being "Indian" does not ensure harmonious working. Of course, if you're on a work visa, you might be willing to work on contract for £150 a day versus £300 - at least until you've been here 4 years when you get permanent residency.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Stalin tried that

        Stalin tried that with the USSR university admission policy (and it remained of years after he died).

        The result was that let's say in maths or physics the passing grade for chuckcha (the russian equivalent of the innuit) was under 3 out of 5, for jews was 5 out 5 while for the general population in the same discipline it was around 4-4.5 out of 5.

        Do we like it or not the population is inherently stratified. If you apply ethnicity/race statistics to any recruitment/admission policy the result will be positively discriminating against jews and a couple of other affluent ethnicities. Besides it being a bad idea (imagine denying Einstein a place in a Uni just because his grades are too high for a jew) it is going to happen only on a very cold day in hell.

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  23. Anonymous Coward

    @ Paul 4 "Yep"

    **Indians are well KNOW for using TOTALY 100% perfect written English. UNFORTUNATLY to most English speakers is comes ACCROSS very odd, because they use the type of English that we would have used 100 years ago.**

    "know" should have been KNOWN, "totaly" = TOTALLY, "unfortunatly" = UNFORTUNATELY, "accross" = ACROSS

    As your message isn't 100% perfect written English, we can safely assume that you are not Indian then lol.

  24. Eponymous Cowherd
    Big Brother

    We are all equal....

    but some are more equal than others.

    It used to be called "positive discrimination", but that still included the bad "D" word, so the pigs decided to call it "affirmative action", and all of the other animals were happy.

    Big Brother, because there isn't a Napoleon icon....

    I keep wondering if there is a equivalent to Godwin's Law, where any any online discussion about the British Labour Government will eventually lead to someone mentioning Orwell.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    daily mail pah!

    Not surprised this story is coming from the ultra racist daily mail. They'll print anything that makes white people look downtrodden. They wouldn't have printed anything if the job ad was for asking for a woman.

    ..oh wait a minute, yes they would cos they hate women as well as black people.

    1. Old Marcus

      You sir...

      Are a racist trollop.

      Now sue me.

  26. Jonathan

    what is "Indian"?

    Is "Indian" refering to an race/ethnicity or to "having citizenship of the country of India" (very possible for a caucasian to have)

    Don't have a clue what the legal definition is, but...

    - its race/ethnicity then surely this must be illegal?

    - if its geographical/political then they wouild seem to be treating all EU citizens equally (thats the important bit) as NONE of them can apply and they are probably okay?

    Does the capital letter ("Indian" as opposed to "indian") make it a geographical/political?

  27. Gavin 2

    Job advert in dubai

    Remember a job advert I saw in Dubai. It was for PA to the director. Started out as "must be Filipino, female and under 25".

    Just gone to have a look to see if I was remembering correctly and found this

    1. garbo

      Female, Filipino?

      So that would be a transexual employee, right? Females from the Philippines are 'Filipina', the fellas 'Filipino'.

  28. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    It's wrong and it's illegal, why are we debating it?

    It may be actually useful in a workplace to have Indian language and cultural knowledge. Spelling of common names, say. Well, Cliff Richard was born in India (as Hari Webb). So was Spike Milligan. I'm not sure who I want running IT, but we've just had half a day downtime because something in Glasgow broke and there are worse things than a sing-along. I'm guessing that they had in mind someone more Indian than that, though. (Jai Ho!)

    Of course it's quite likely that someone who has an Indian background like you is from the people that hate your people back home... they didn't think it through.


    1. garbo

      ...something in Glasgow broke...

      It was one of Spike's cardboard & leather hard drives! Couldn't get the wood, you know.

      God I miss him.

  29. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    I was going to comment on this...

    But in the end couldn't be bothered as the whole equal opps, offshoring, onshoring debate is broken.

    Yeah yeah, it's awful this has happened but get over it ok.

  30. grimreality

    @Bill Gould

    Sorry but you have it all wrong.

    This is how you sort out Quebec.

    First build a big water tight wall around the province, make sure no one escapes and shoot those that try.

    Then flood the entire place.

    Once all Quebecers have sufiiciently drowned, send in the Armed Forces to remove the bodies.

    Next take down wall and build one big ass shopping mall. Multiple stories with theme parks and cinemas.

    Now open it and let the Yanks come in and spend money.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    .. I've seen several on jobserve which could have been taken as a bit dodgy:

    "Applicants must be local, applicants who are not local will not be considered"


    "Applicants must hold a first class degree from a good university".

    are two that spring to mind.

  32. Anonymous Coward

    Sounds like this is an Indian BPO/outsourcing firm...

    So its tough to say that they need someone who can deal with staff in India or if they are looking for some work visa holder that they can push around on salary until his visa runs out.

  33. Lou Gosselin


    Sure, it's illegal, but if they're going to discriminate anyways, the fact might as well be known up front.

    The lesson this company will learn will be to either hide their intentions all together, or to squirm around the discrimination laws by requiring a skill only indians could have. Aka "10 years experience with the indian language".

  34. raving angry loony

    wrong country?

    Must have thought he was in the Middle East or India, where such advertising is not only legal, but common.

  35. Rombizio

    You should have seen it coming...

    I am not even going to explain why....suffice to say that colonization had to have a price. Is anyone surprised? Things are upside down in UK.

  36. SL

    "act improperly in any shape"?

    I admit to not being a native speaker, but that just sounds like your shape does not make a difference to whether you acted improperly.

  37. Anonymous Coward


    "Preferably of Indian descent" is just another way of saying "Prefer someone we can underpay that won't complain about it"

  38. Anonymous Coward


    ...I'm Navajo. Where do I apply?

  39. ach20

    Too PC?

    To call this racism is a joke and an offence to what is really classed as racism. They might have had a good reason for their decision. PC has gone too far in this country and is turning everyone into aplogetic wimps.

  40. Rombizio


    They are all called Sandeep or Amit and they all work at it must be a requirement for the job.

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Multi page comments

    What raving lunatic at the Reg thought it would be a good idea to make the comments link take me to the last page of the comments and not the 1st page?!?!?! When I want to read the comments on an article I want to start at the top of the thread, not somewhere in the middle.!

    Fix it please el Reg.

    (as to the article - who gives a toss if they want to employ foreigners, perhaps they feel Indians have a better work ethic?)

  42. Anonymous Coward

    Indian... speaker?

    If they'd just listed a few Indian dialects and said "must be a fluent speaker in one of ..." nobody could/would've batted an eyelid. I work for a large company where the only black people employed have British-sounding names, proving someone else's point about racist CV-filtering

  43. Connor

    It is racist...

    And next time they will just ensure that they write, 'preferably able to speak Hindi, Urdu and English', which pretty much excludes white people on all three counts, but will be perfectly legal.

    There are lots of jobs advertised like this, here's two from today:

  44. Fred Flintstone Gold badge
    Big Brother

    Small hiccup: clearance problems

    If this is a job requiring clearance, the person should be living in the UK or it will cost more (if they decide to bother at all in the first place). Sounds like a conflict to me..

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Unintedded consequences

    Personally I think this kind of advert should be legal. I do not condone the advert, however I think many innocent companies/employers are prosecuted for racial discrimination and loose because it is simply impossible to prove a negative. It is a law of good intentions with unexpected consequences.

  46. Miles Dyson

    So, why does anyone care?

    Maybe it was a CV honeypot.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You would be hard pushed to find......

    An Indian National with Security Clearance in the UK who hadn't lived here for some time, six years, continuously, I believe.

    But I could be wrong.

  48. ShaggyDoggy

    due process

    "David Davies, said the ad was clearly racist "

    hang on mate we have courts to decide that stuff

    if you feel strongly enough file a case

    otherwise shut up

    and next time don't call the papers first

  49. Zap
    Thumb Down

    No surprised

    I am not surprised, so many friends I know have lost their jobs to outsourced Indians, but I am not bitter because they too are being exploited. I met an Indian chap on a course recently, very bright chap. He told me that he has been working here for BT for 3 years, He was grateful for the opportunity until he found out how much his services are being billed for (250k).

    He had no unique skill, he was just cheaper and it seems that enough to get a Visa and work permit these days.

    Of course companies need people who are Indian because so many outsourced projects are screwed up when outsourced offshore, let's face it, it is hard enough getting a spec agreed between clients and developers speaking the same language!

    Obviously they should have said someone who speaks both languages fluently.

    They will still screw up the project.

    The fact is people will employ who they want and have their own prejudices.

  50. Anonymous Coward

    It's not racist

    As Indian isn't a race.

    And no, racism does not have international laws covering ethnicity. You are thinking of the UN's laws regarding "Racial Discrimination" which does in fact cover ethnicity.

  51. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    Yes, what is "The Indian Language"

    Admittedly, the SQL programmer bld!og by "Pinal Dave" is sort of in English but you have to concentrate... it's distinctive.

  52. Anonymous Coward

    I blame HR departments

    Well I can only guess they meant to say, able to speak Indian dialects. There legalised. Now question is:

    If somebody put an advert in India saying Preferably British - would the outrage and eventual punishment be onpar. Just a thought.

    Indeed will the punishment be onpar for a British advert advertising for British prefered. That will be interesting.

    Either way not as good as the job I saw for a "data imputer" once. Still at least you can descriminate against people who can spell still, who can code in a certain language.

    Descrimination is all around, take jobseekers for example - a man gets the same allowance to eat as a women - nomatter what size the person and despite the fact that it is a fact that a man required 1/5th more calories to operate a normal day than a women. Now is that legal, or has the PC/descimination world gone descriminatory on what it deems descrimination.

    Either way - very funny, pls come again.

    -not anon as I speak the truth

  53. Inachu

    Well.... IF they do in the end hire that person.

    Well.... IF they do in the end hire that person and they are from Indian descent

    then a class action can be made against the company and punative damages can be sought as I know for a fact companies like that will continue hiring in the same fashion and will need to be slapped in the face a few times to wake them up.

    Can't wait to see how this plays out!

    Kinda like that Programmers Guild video of the lawer on how NOT to hire Americans.

    Seems this company has erred in morals in the same way.

    Very shameful indeed!

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