Wiston Building Materials published the job post on Indeed about three weeks ago looking for an individual who is suitable to fill a four month post in China.
However, there are some… atypical job specifications for the position.
The Richmond-based fine wood products is looking for an individual who is “probably Caucasian” and fluent in both English and Mandarin to fill a summer position in China. The individual must also be raised and educated in North America and “will be the only Western person in the factory.”
However, the BC Human Rights code states that employers cannot legally discriminate on a multitude of aspects that include a person’s race, colour, ancestry and place of origin.
In recent years, there have been increasing reports of Chinese companies ‘renting’ fair skinned caucasians to pose as high-level executives as a way of increasing their chances of securing new business.
The Atlantic highlighted the lucrative ‘rent a guy’ recruiting business and put it very aptly: “Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.” In the story, the caucasian American confessed to his experience of being “paid $1,000 for a week, put up in a fancy hotel, and wined and dined in Dongying… the only requirements were a fair complexion and a suit.”
The job posting on Indeed: