A lorry driver from Salisbury, Wiltshire, was left baffled after applying for a job as a lorry driver near his home and being told he was not allowed to interview due to his nationality.
Michael Fowler, 39, applied for the job which required 'EU citizens with a good level of English'. However, he soon received an email from recruitment agency Blu Global, telling him 'our positions exclude British candidates.'
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The consultant who sent the email, Bulgarian Plamena Invanova, has since been fired by the agency.
Her email asked: "Are you British, because our positions exclude British candidates?"
Fowler told the Daily Mail: "I was just gobsmacked. I thought I must have read the job advert wrong, but I hadn't.
"I work for agencies all the time. I had applied on Indeed [job aggregator website] for this job which said you had to be an EU citizen eligible to work in the UK and could speak English.
"Ten minutes later, I got the email saying: 'Are you British?'
"I didn't think too much of it at the time. I was taken aback and a bit shocked to apply for a job that's eight miles from my house and not be able to go for it."
Fowler, a lorry driver for over a decade, was confused as to the reason his application was denied. "You get drivers from everywhere," he said. "Polish drivers, English drivers, people from everywhere.
"I've never really experienced anything like this before, everyone works together normally."
Blu Global is a recruitment agency with its head office based in Wolverhampton, but its focus is on helping new arrivals to the UK find employment. Its website says "Blu Global is effectively a matchmaking service for European people that want to find work in the UK."
A spokesperson for the company said: "We refute any allegations that we, as a business, discriminate in any way against our UK-based applicants.
"No candidate is denied a change of employment based on their nationality, age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
"Any deviation from this policy, by any member of staff or any independent person or organisation acting under or using the Blu Global brand, is not supported in any way by the company. We will fully investigate this allegation."