The company – Air Conditioning Expert Brisbane – posted the ad earlier this month seeking electricians and would-be tradespeople to start in the summer.
However, the ad – which is rife with grammatical errors – has caused a stir online thanks to its less-than-appealing job description and overtly sexist comments.
“You will be crawling in roofs, you will be getting dirty, you will be working through the hottest days of summer and fat Australian chicks will sit inside in the air conditioning, not offer you a drink or lift a finger to help clean up, while you get sunburnt, dehydrated and disorientated outside installing air conditioning for her comfort,” the ad reads.
“Then she will tell us we are all equal,” it continues. “That’s our life. We are men. We wouldn’t trade places with her anyway.”
The job posting – which has now been removed – has also attracted criticism for its stingy pay rates.
"Qualified Trades can have 30 per hour + van and phone. Or Subby (sic) rate per install. Trades assistants anywhere from 15 - 25 depends on what you know. Young dudes who don't know s***t can start on 10 - 15. Most likely 10 but you'll go to 15 if you are good,” the ad explains.
Electrical Trades Union Queensland and NT Apprentice Officer Scott Reichman told the Brisbane Times that, as well as being "disgracefully sexist," the pay rates being offered were well below the award rate.
"These are the kind of dodgy companies we have to protect apprentices from," he said. “Under the modern award a First Year Apprentice should be paid at least $12.66 and a Grade 1 Electrical Worker at least $18.72."
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