'Offensive' job advert attacks 'millennial' work attitudes

An independent theatre has sparked negative kickback and media headlines by posting a job advertisement that attacks millennial candidates skills and work ethic – Metro reports.

Tea House Theatre, founded in 2011, posted the advert on the Arts Council England’s jobs board, in efforts to find a new office administrator – the third time the theatre has recruited for the role in as many months.

Offering between £15k-20k, the theatre style their advert as an open letter to “Millenials” – not only laying out what skills the job needs but also publicising their own business struggles.

The advert begins: “Dear Millenials, As a professional company in the arts industry for the best part of twenty years, grafting, scraping, cap in hand to angels and funding bodies and occasionally getting lucky.

“Surviving on our box office, breaking even and revelling in the success that in the real world that is. It saddens me to be putting this advert up for the third time in as many months.”

Whilst it’s important to be honest with candidates, Tea House’s attempt at transparency could be interpreted as offensive – by singling out millennial candidates for a perceived lack of professional mindset.

Oddly, Tea House’s advert then segues into a rant on the perceived state of millennial’s work ethic: “Are you just not taught anything about existing in the real world, where every penny counts. Did no one teach you that the end of your studies is the beginning of your education?”

Signed off the directors, HG Iggulden & IF Rushton, the latter part of the letter states: “One old lady used to run the whole of Mountview Academy with an IBM computer, it shouldn't be this hard. 

“We need a grafter, who can commit. The absolute dogs in office skills, the ability to run a paper filing system as well as a computerised one, the ability to complete and keep track of a huge to-do list, to make our office work, create and develop business management systems that help the business to grow, giving space for more creative work to go ahead. To see where we are headed and realise that it is in your own hands how far you are able to go with us as we grow.

“We have not been impressed so far.”



Tea House have made it clear that the type of candidate they are looking to recruit is from the “millennial” age bracket – born between 1981 and 1997.

Whilst it is possible that this advert is as much about airing the company’s failure to retain previously successful candidates, The Equality Act 2010 states that a business cannot discriminate using age.

Although the much-publicised UK skills shortage – predicting to be costing the economy £2billion – is causing businesses and recruitment agencies to work harder for the right candidates, they’ve got to be offering the right wages and advertising a positive company culture to hire the applicants they want.

At the time of writing, the job advert was still online and Tea House Theatre had not responded to Recruitment Grapevine’s request for comment.

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