Re: Job ad requirements
At our place it's linked to the post's salary too; to draw down at a certian level you have to be qualified to a certain level. Granted I work in a different sector but we do employ a variety of IT roles at various levels.
I don't agree with it, I've seen some great potential managers capped because they're 'too old' to bother with a degree. It's just the way it works with unions and I suspect an historical decison put in place to block a certain progression or two.
Oh, and we always wait for the second or third revision of a job ad, the first one is recalled in 95% of cases.