Home Office could break ageism law

Across Whitehall, meanwhile, the Home Office appears to have fallen foul of the Government's new age discrimination laws, which come into effect on 1 October.

It has advertised for a 'strategic communications adviser', specifying 'at least six years' experience' as a prerequisite to applicants.

As freelance hack Sunjay Kakar informs us, the Home Office confirms the hire might not be made until October, allowing enough time for pre-appointment checks. And as legal professionals and employment groups point out, people with three years under their belt could have more hands-on experience than someone with six where nothing much happened.

A Home Office spokesman says: 'The Home Office is currently reviewing its policies and procedures, including those related to recruitment, to ensure compliance with the employment equality regulations that come into force on 1 October.' Quite.

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