Does an employer have to advertise a job vacancy?

I have recently been made redundant. I know there is a job coming up in the local doctors surgery, I have now heard the practise manager has given the job to one of her friends, this position was never advertised - is this legal?

Asked By: mrsmo - 2/10/2009
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Of course it is legal. There is absolutely no requirement for an employer to advertise any vacancy.
Answered By: John T - 2/11/2009
Additional Answers (7)
go and make your self un redundant.
Answered By: . - 2/10/2009
Perfectly legal as far as I know. I've worked in quite a few companies where jobs going have been word of mouth, and managers asking employees if they know anyone in our field looking for work. It's quite common in the main field I work in (video games) to write to companies applying for posts that are not advertised... More
Answered By: Paul R - 2/10/2009
yes it's legal. some companies have a policy where they must advertise all open positions, but it's just a company policy, it's not a law or anything.
Answered By: Sunny - 2/10/2009
An employer is under no obligation as to how he offers a job, if he felt one of his friends fitted the criteria for his placement then that's it.
Answered By: SEC ONE - 2/10/2009
Sadly this is not illegal, Doctors surgery's are now run by the manager answerable to no-one except the partners (ie the 2 or 3 doctors that run surgery), you may appeal to the partners but i don't think i would want to work under a practice manager that you have undermined by reporting.
Answered By: Yabbadabbadoo - 2/10/2009
In the UK I believe it is mandatory that Civil Service/Council jobs have to be advertised on the open market. Whether ultimately they go to anybody 'outside' is another matter!! But as for private companies, I have a feeling the answer is no. Whether this goes for Doctors Practices I'm not sure, but you could ask... More
Answered By: MamaB - 2/10/2009
it isn't necessary to advertise for an open job ever and laws about this do not exist, they can hire whoever they want granted they are legal. it is a waste of money to advertise an open position.
Answered By: stiggievandell - 2/10/2009
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