Best Recruitment Insurance

Controversy after job advert lists ability to deal with ‘male banter’ as a requirement

It is not clear what is meant by the term 'male banter'

A recent job advertisement, posted on the recruitment pages of both the Guardian and the Independent newspapers, has been removed following a public outcry as key requirements of the role were listed as having a good personality, the ability to deal with male banter, and to be sociable but not distracting.

It is not clear what is meant by the term ‘male banter’, but most people have interpreted it as sexist and inappropriate, including Hannah Joss, a theatre director and the person who found and shared the job advert on Twitter, saying in her tweet that she had no words to describe the Ad.

Her tweet sparked a flurry of furious comments, with most people finding the advert offensive, and its notoriety quickly spread across social media.

The role advertised was for an Executive Assistant & Investor Relations Associate for a Mayfair property investment firm with a salary of £40,000 – 45,000 per annum.

The advertisement also asked candidates to have experience as a PA/EA, to be degree-educated, proactive, driven and hardworking, and to be bright and emotionally intelligent. The firm describes itself as tight-knit, as well as hard-working and family-orientated, with family and friends working together in the same office.

The advert does not state that the candidate needs to be a woman, but to many this seems to be the hidden implication, with claims that the term ‘male banter’ is really another way of saying that the successful candidate will need to put up with sexual harassment in the workplace.

This has led to claims that, as well as being potentially sexist, the advert may also be discriminatory and contrary to UK employment law.

The job listing was posted by RMS Recruitment, a recruitment firm that describes themselves on their website as a ‘small, boutique and select’ consultancy.

They specialise in finding personal assistants and secretarial staff, focusing specifically on Mayfair. After the advertisement, which was posted on a number of sites in addition to the Guardian and the Independent, came to light RMS were contacted by The Telegraph but refused to comment.

It is unclear if the recruitment firm or the property firm wrote the advert copy or the processes that were followed to have the listing approved for publication. What is clear, however, is that the advertisement, which has been described as totally unacceptable and regressive by many, has caused a backlash against both companies.

Recruiters love this COMPLETE set of Accredited Recruitment & HR Training – View Training Brochure

61 comments

  1. This article is great and interesting, I am very satisfied with the content provided.

  2. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “nice article” in “comment_content” *]
    nice article. thanks.
    I hope you will like this post of free music download apps.

  3. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “-download/” in “url” *]
    I want to job in the army but, I am a play addict, allday play android game haha lol,

  4. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “nice article” in “comment_content” *]
    nice article bro

  5. This is not fair. It’s shame that this type of advertising going for the job.

  6. wonderful job, thank you very much man.

  7. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “wonderful website” in “comment_content” *]
    hey, it’s really wonderful website here.

  8. Thanks for sharing this article for us, it is worth reading!
    Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of individuals
    are looking round for this information, you can help them greatly.

  9. The article is good. but it not clear that what is the meant by the term male banter but I hope that is good and I follow This article and hope you will like this post of free Gmail help.

  10. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “article!” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks for sharing this post, it was great reading this article! would like to know more! keep in touch and stay connected

  11. very nice it is thanks for it

  12. thanks for sharing this

  13. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “awesome article” in “comment_content” *]
    Awesome article, Actually, I just want this types of Article. Thanks

  14. Credit to site admin. Thanks a lot

  15. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “great article” in “comment_content” *]
    great article thank you for share

  16. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “free download” in “author_name” *]
    Evergreen article. Thanks for sharing this really helpful post with us. Keep on.

  17. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “amazing post” in “comment_content” *]
    thanks for sharing this amazing posting.

  18. thanks for sharing this

  19. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “good website” in “comment_content” *]
    Good website

  20. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “hack android” in “author_name” *]
    Hi,
    I like the way of your explanation i really love to read the articles on this topic but you always write very good articles. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  21. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thank you for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    Thank you for sharing

  22. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “informative article” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks a lot for providing such informative article.

  23. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “informative article” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks a lot for providing such informative article.

  24. I am very satisfied with the content provided.

  25. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “awesome article” in “comment_content” *]
    Weldone with this awesome article called Controversy after job advert lists the ability to deal with ‘male banter’ as a requirement. I love this motivational speech for my career.

  26. Hi, Gender is on the relationship between women and men on the roles and responsibilities, not competition.
    Need: Gender Mainstreaming Training of Trainers is the solution for all levels and places.

  27. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    Hey, Good piece, filled with a lot of good sense that I hope people will take to heart. At the bottom of the blog. thanks for sharing.

  28. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    I am very satisfied with the content provided. Thanks For Sharing

  29. wonderful job, thank you very much 🙂

  30. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thank you for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    Thank you for sharing the article !!!

  31. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful peice

  32. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “111@” in “author_email” *]
    nice one but I would like to know more.

  33. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks for sharing this article for us, it is worth reading!
    Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of individuals
    are looking round for this information, you can help them greatly.

  34. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “hack-unlimit” in “url” *]
    I think gender should not be discriminated at all.

  35. Hungry Shark World (MOD, Unlimited Money) – play more and sharp-toothed predators, who are hungry and in search of profit. Manage shark and eat all that gets in your way, choose a goal that the larger that would feed his hungry shark. Travel not only on the shores of the Pacific and swim and much more, discover new species of sharks. You have a chance to play by the Megalodon, which people believed extinct thousands of years ago, show all what you can do, jump out of the water and shoot down planes, attack and eat people and much more!

  36. The NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 is a portable lithium jump starter that offers a whopping 4,000 amps and up to 80 jump starts on a single charge. You never have to worry about unsuccessfully jump-starting your car by running out of jump-starts.

    The NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 measuries 7 x 12.3 x 2.7 inches and weighs 7.5 pounds. It’s a little on the heavier side on our list, but for good reason; it’s the most reliable. It features a 12-volt power port and 2.1A USB port that can be used for smartphones, tablets and more. Its 22500 joules per every three seconds provide enough voltage to restart 10L gas and diesel cars, trucks, boats, commercial vehicles and other heavy-duty equipment.

  37. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “oy” in “comment_content” *]
    Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The visual nature of the language allows for rapid design iteration using only an Xbox game controller for input (mouse/keyboard input is also supported). You do not need to download both files. Regular users should download and install the KoduSetup.EXE file. The KoduSetup.MSI file is system administrators installing Kodu via SCCM.

  38. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for sharing” in “comment_content” *]
    thanks for sharing this information

  39. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “nba2k” in “author_name” *]
    I m very inspired your post. Amazing job.

  40. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “hosting india” in “author_name” *]
    Some of them have been doing extremely well for sure and there are still a lot of people in India who are looking forward to starting a new website or a blog.

  41. been doing extremely well for sure and there are still a lot of people in India

  42. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “thanks for this post” in “comment_content” *]
    Thanks for this post. Get best file hostings for bloggers and developers.

  43. Thanks for the information. To get the best tech help contact geek squad online support

  44. To protect your device from malware get trend micro geek squad antivirus.

  45. Such boldness, many iconographies, so fresh

  46. Helpful and Innovative

  47. hope to get the best services.

  48. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “111@” in “author_email” *]
    thank s a lot sir.

  49. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “internet site” in “comment_content” *]
    A few of them had been doing incredibly well for certain and there are still a number of individuals in India who are looking ahead to starting a new internet site or a web publication.

  50. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “/top-3” in “url” *]
    We can do many much more things in these worldly life

  51. In 2008, Khaled’s 3rd album We Global came out with singles as follows

  52. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “your blog” in “comment_content” *]
    Great information you share with us.i really love this and share your blog with my friends and family.

  53. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “your blog” in “comment_content” *]
    Great information you share with us.i really love this and share your blog with my friends and family

  54. your site is amazing and share wonderful information.

  55. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “-download/” in “url” *]
    Very nice thanks for sharing

  56. There are equal rights for everyone.

Comment on this story

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Join the BIoR to be part of creating excellence in recruiting standards & service

Send this to a friend