POSITION WAS NEVER RECRUITED FOR, INSISTS LUXURY HOTEL

The Ritz London has claimed that an advert for an unpaid HR intern which appeared on its own website was “erroneously posted in draft format in our online recruitment system and is not a role that was recruited for.” Our friends at Intern Aware inform us that the advert now appears to have been removed (but you can find a screen shot of it below this post).

Graduate Fog reported on the advert yesterday, after it was brought to our attention by the science writer Ben Goldacre. (Ben tweeted the link to his 250,000 followers, so presumably he was able to find it on the Ritz’s website somehow). When Graduate Fog approached the Ritz yesterday for an explanation of why this internship was unpaid (apart from expenses and meals), this is what their spokesperson said:

From: The Ritz London
To: Graduate Fog
Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2013, 17:28
Subject: The Ritz London

Greetings from The Ritz London. Many thanks for your email and the questions you have posed. I am afraid that the information you have credited as being sourced from Ben Goldacre and have duly posted on your blog is inaccurate. If you were to review the recruitment pages of our website personally, you will see that there is no vacancy for an “unpaid intern”, and nor does The Ritz London have any interest in employing an “unpaid intern”. I have provided a link below so that you can peruse the pages yourself.

https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/theritz/vacancies.aspx

The Ritz London does provide unpaid work experience placements for students as part of their educational development but during these placements they are here to learn and do not undertake actual job roles. We do hire trainees and apprentices and they are paid above the national minimum wage.

Please find below my contact details. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this matter with you further.

Yours sincerely,

[NAME REMOVED BY GRADUATE FOG]
Communications Manager
The Ritz London
150 PiccadillY
London
W1J 9BR

Confused, we wrote back:

From: Graduate Fog
To: The Ritz London
Date: 27 February 2013 17:40
Subject: Re: The Ritz London

Thanks for your response – but I’m not sure I quite understand. This is the link to the advert:

https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/theritz/DisplayJob.aspx

Are you saying it is not hosted on your site and is nothing to do with the Ritz? I am confused.

Tanya de Grunwald
Graduate Fog

The spokesperson then replied:

From: The Ritz London
To: Graduate Fog
Date: 27 February 2013, 18.52
Subject: Re: Re: The Ritz London

Dear Tanya,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  As you will have seen from the link I have sent you previously, this page is not accessible from our web site navigation.  It would appear that the hyperlink below is outdated.  This was erroneously posted in draft format in our online recruitment system and is not a role that was recruited for.

All the best,

[NAME REMOVED BY GRADUATE FOG]

Graduate Fog remains extremely confused. The Ritz appear to be saying that the internship never happened – so why was there ever an advert for it? And how could the advert have been “erroneously posted”?

*WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE RITZ’S RESPONSE?
Do you understand their explanation? If so, can you please explain it to us?

Here is a screen shot of the original advert:

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