Recruitment agencies have defended themselves against allegations of age discrimination after a letter published in The Grocer last week provoked a post bag of similar complaints. The accusation came from 42-year-old Kevin Parker of Leeds, who had been looking for a job as a senior national account manager for six months.
But this week the agencies denied being ageist and blamed the employers. Tony Aylward, divisional director of the Berkeley Scott Group recruitment and resourcing consultancy said: "While an agency can encourage a client to see an older candidate who they regard as suited to a vacancy, too often this approach is met by resistance on the part of the employer."
Meanwhile, as a result of his letter to The Grocer an FMCG company has invited Parker to interview for a national account manager post.
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