So what do you think of equal opportunities? This person thinks it’s rubbish…

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Now this is an interesting one and emphasises the importance of proper proof reading in job adverts.

The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital recently placed a job advert on the UK’s National Health Service website.

All seemed pretty normal with the advert and there was some fairly standard wording present in the job description including:

“Applications are invited … to work at this large University teaching hospital”.

“The applicant will be joining a staff of 37 consultants…”

“We provide anaesthetic services across 2 sites for adult patients…”

But at the bottom of the advert there was a sentence saying

“the usual rubbish about equal opportunities”.

The mistake was a reference to the organisation’s equal opportunities policy and was quickly deleted and replaced with their standard wording about equal opportunities.

This looks suspiciously like a situation where somebody was dictating the advert to a secretary who then typed it out word for word without noticing the phrase.

Now, I wonder who will get the blame for the error. The manager that dictated it or the secretary that typed it?

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