Yes Darth ... it does
smack a little of taking the [censored]. My own principle is that if they want the job doing, then they should pay for all the "trimmings" (costs incurred in hiring).
Are we to suppose that the HR drones think they can get away with this sort of thing just because it's something of a "buyers market" at the moment? Who would want to work for these [censored] anyway?
OK ... the ideas behind CRB checks and such sound reasonable enough ... but what do they actually prove? Has anyone we know ever failed
at one of these hurdles?
In reality they're just a bunch of "agencies". That is, offices with licences to print money. They don't actually do
anything, create wealth or anything else useful. But this is how Modern Britain is, folks:- thousands of Jobsworths hindering the few of us left who are trying to be productive. Such types are well entrenched throughout the NHS, of course.
Whilst I'm on ... another one of my pet moans is car-parking. At one place I was "expected" to fork out £ 90 on my first day for a parking pass. "On yer bike, Mate"! Needless to say, I didn't stick around.
By the way, I notice that the position being referred to is looking for candidates able to use their own car on the job. Again, my take on this is:- if they want you to travel between sites, they they
provide the vehicle (together with the insurance)!
Next thing you know they'll be wanting you to bring in your own tools and test equipment as well!
Self-employed is the only way to be, Darth. There's no money in it, but at least you keep your self-respect. When are you going to join us?