Re­cruit­ment firm ran ‘mis­lead­ing’ ad­verts

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

THE Advertising Stan­dards Au­thor­ity (ASA) has up­held a com­plaint by Le­ices­ter­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards that a Leicester em­ploy­ment agency posted ‘mis­lead­ing’ job ad­verts.

In a writ­ten rul­ing, the ASA con­cluded that the ads posted by De­vel­op­ing Your Po­ten­tial Re­cruit­ment Lim­ited were ‘mis­lead­ing’ be­cause the au­thor­ity had ‘not seen ev­i­dence that the roles were gen­uine’.

The roles for teach­ing as­sis­tants in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the UK were posted by De­vel­op­ing Your Po­ten­tial Re­cruit­ment Lim­ited on em­ploy­ment web­sites in the au­tumn.

Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers with Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil be­lieved that the jobs were not gen­uine, out­lin­ing that De­vel­op­ing Your Po­ten­tial Re­cruit­ment Lim­ited was invit­ing ap­pli­cants to in­ter­view to de­ter­mine their el­i­gi­bil­ity for a train­ing course run by the em­ploy­ment agency it­self.

Coun­cil leader Nick Rush­ton, cab­i­net mem­ber for reg­u­la­tory ser­vices, said: “We wel­come the de­ci­sion from the ASA as, when a po­si­tion is ad­ver­tised, ap­pli­cants should be able to have the con­fi­dence that the job is gen­uine.”

In re­sponse to the rul­ing, De­vel­op­ing Your Po­ten­tial Re­cruit­ment Lim­ited said that when a can­di­date replied to an ad, it was the start of a four-stage process that might or might not lead to a job.

It said the fourth stage was to of­fer un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend its op­tional train­ing course.

The com­pany also said it could not pro­vide ev­i­dence that the va­can­cies were gen­uine “be­cause many of the teach­ing as­sis­tant va­can­cies had a tran­sient life­span”.

Trad­ing Stan­dards are also en­cour­ag­ing job-seek­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar prob­lems with mis­lead­ing advertising to con­tact the Advertising Stan­dards Au­thor­ity on 0207 492 2222.

You can also visit https://www.asa.org.uk/ make-a-com­plaint.html as well as the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice con­sumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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