As today’s photos will make clear, the Nicotiana and Geraniums that featured earlier in this blog are in magnfiicent fetle, helped by the belated arrival of some proper summer weather.
The following job description comes from Friday’s job search, and was a source of considerable annoyance:
We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly efficient candidate to work within our team. Day to day tasks will include scanning, filing, photocopying, post runs and assisting in the smooth running of the office. You will be highly organised with a strong work ethic and have experience of working in a busy office. A full driving licence and basic computor skills are essential. The position is a full time position however part time applicants will be considered. The vacancy has an immediate start date.
How to apply
You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Karen Farrell at Mick George LTD, Second Drove, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4YQ or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the job description is standard fare for an office job. The bit that aroused my ire is the demand for a full driving licence in his context. A few seconds on Google maps confirmed that the location is not such as to make a demand for a full driving licence defensible. Yes the job requires getting there for an 8AM start, but leaving King’s Lynn on the 5:46 train and changing to he appropriate bus at Cambridge would see me getting there at 7:42AM (and this would not represent the earliest start I have ever had to make to arrive at work on time). Full details can be seen by clicking the link below:
If there is a VALID reason such as a location hat is genuinely inaccessible oher than by car, or the job actually requires driving then no problem (evidence as to why a driving licence is a necessity would be a big help), but requiring a driving licence for an office job without justification is a form of discrimination agains both those who are officially barred from driving due to a medical condition, and those who better than to trust themselves in sole control of a ton of metal with people’s lives depending on the outcome. Given the failure to explain this requirement and the fact that a trifling amount of reserach on my part made it clear that location is not a proper explanation I am disinclined to be charitable. As a final point, there is no contest as to who is more likely to be punctual out of me, with a clearly worked out public transport route, or any motorist relying on an estimate of how long the journey will take them, and it is not the motorist who wins.
After the rainout in Cardiff on Frday, the ODI series between England and South Africa should get underway properly today.
The promised photos…