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I'm recruiting at the moment. Have seen two people so far. Both have bought recently and our thinking is that they won't move to this area but instead try (and fail to keep up) a long commute - not what we're looking for, so they haven't got the job.

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I'm recruiting at the moment. Have seen two people so far. Both have bought recently and our thinking is that they won't move to this area but instead try (and fail to keep up) a long commute - not what we're looking for, so they haven't got the job.

Can you discriminate based on location if all other variables are what you're after?

Of course you're not expected to employ someone 1000 miles away if they need to commute every day, but if they live one or two hours away and are prepared to commute each day, what's the problem?

You could argue such a commute would lead to unproductive staff, which may well be true. You can also argue green and such a commute harms the environment.

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What would make sense, of course, would be if they rented a house near their new job, and rented out their old place to someone else - with luck, one would balance out the other - and they'd save the commuting costs. If a future applicant is smart enough to suggest this, perhaps you might consider employing them - call it an initiative test!

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I'm recruiting at the moment. Have seen two people so far. Both have bought recently and our thinking is that they won't move to this area but instead try (and fail to keep up) a long commute - not what we're looking for, so they haven't got the job.

And the point of this post is..?

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I've never heard that you can't discriminate against people in terms of distance from workplace. Don't adverts say things like 'applicants must be preapared to live within 5 mile radius' or similar sometimes?

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Of course you can discriminate between people when you are recruiting - how else do you come to a decision?

In a small firm the overriding factor in deciding who to employ is how you think you can get along with the applicant; do you think you can work with them?

This decision is usually made within 5 seconds of the person entering the room, based purely on first impressions. Certainly before you've even looked at their CV!

I guess that the anti-discrimination legislation is important in outlawing overt predjudice on grounds of sex and race. It makes absolutely no difference to a small businessman's recruiting policy, however.

He'll give the job to the applicant he feels comfortable spending his working day with.

Or even the night. ;)

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And the point of this post is..?

Just to highlight how not only does employment affect the housing market but the reverse can also be true.

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