Rec firm under fire over roles for 'attractive' candidates with certain bra size

Rec firm under fire over roles for 'attractive' candidates with certain bra size

An elite London-based recruitment firm has come under fire for advertising roles exclusively for “attractive” female candidates – and even going so far as to specify what bra size they should be.

Matching Models specialises in sourcing candidates for people-facing roles, such as “hospitality staff, receptionists, flight attendants, as well as sales and promotional staff worldwide” – The Standard reports.

One of the job roles listed on their site is for a PA, who the advert insists must have a “classic look” and “long brown hair with b-cup”.

Another advert has the job role listed as “Sexy London Driver”, for which the candidate must be available two days a week and can expect to receive £50,000 a year.

A further listing wants a jobseeker who would be working for “a well-known flamboyant aristocratic figure”. They must have a “bubbly personality and flexible approach” as well as “classy and immaculate presentation”. This salary pays between £110,000 and £140,000, and also entails working on a private jet.

Finally, any budding young law candidates looking for a starter role can apply to an ad asking whether they want to be “the next Amal Clooney”. They will be working beneath “an Indian business tycoon who owns an international company” – but only if they have “an immaculate presentation”.

Founder of Matching Models, Nathalie Jansen, has defended her firm’s action, saying: “Our clients are uber-successful with high demands but the rewards are immense. They want the best and are prepared to pay top salaries to make sure their lives and business runs smoothly.

“A lot of clients want their employees to look a certain way as well as having the right qualifications and experience.”

However, Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, a women’s equality group, has rebuked the firm, calling into question their ethics. In an interview with the Standard, she said: “It is advisable and also makes good business sense to seek the best person for the job.

“Employers can take positive action measures to recruit under-represented groups, but targeting ‘beautiful and attractive’ just stereotypes women.”

What do you think? Are the ads discriminatory? Or are they justifiable? Tell us in the comments…

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Comments (1)

  • Harris Keillar
    Harris Keillar
    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 2:29pm BST
    This is beyond appalling. Surely the Equality Commission can have a word with them about gender specific advertising?? Both the age and sex discrimination acts have been in for a while now!

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