NBN Co applications to remain confidential

The NBN Co has denied claims it will notify the employers of potential hires following their applications.
Written by Jacquelyn Holt, Contributor

The National Broadband Network Company has denied media claims that it will notify the employers of job applicants which had gained its approval.

The company introduced a non-solicitation policy on 13 January this year, which prevents NBN Co from approaching senior executives of telecommunications companies that may become its customers. However, the company would accept unsolicited applications from those executives.

The Australian had said that NBN Co had also pledged to voluntarily contact the employers of its job applicants if they were looking to move, which could constitute a breach of privacy regulations.

NBN Co spokesperson Rhonda Griffin denied claims that NBN Co would inform the applicants' current employers of their intentions. She stated that the company would assess any applications received, telling ZDNet.com.au "We want to assure job seekers that if they approach us, their approach and details will be confidentially dealt with."

"Our non-solicitation policy is about not actively soliciting employees of potential NBN Co customers," Griffin said, "But should they seek employment with us their approach will be dealt with confidentially and based on its merits."

NBN Co has come under fire for its hiring policies recently, after it was disclosed that over 40 per cent of its staff were hired on recommendation. Minister Stephen Conroy himself recommended the hiring of Mike Kaiser, former adviser to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh as its government relations and external affairs chief.

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