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Stories from the ECHO during the war years; War Diary: May 13, 1918.

MAY I bring to public notice the difficulty a discharged soldier desirous of obtaining a position as a clerk has, while offices are crowded with females and young men? GREAT WAR For over 12 years I was employed in the forwarding department of a large Liverpool shipping office, but about 12 months before war broke out started in a small way on my own account as a shipping and forwarding agent.

I was compelled to close down and join up when conscription came, was wounded last year in France, and recently received my discharge.

As I am not desirous of again starting as an agent whilst things are as at present, I have tried to obtain a position in a shipping office, and have applied to almost every shipping company in Liverpool, but got the same reply from all: - "We regret we have nothing to offer you."

When I was in France, little did I think if I again saw Liverpool that I should have any difficulty in obtaining employment if not able to start for myself again, as the female clerks were informed that they would only be temporarily employed till the boys came back.

Now employers find, I am told, that girls give satisfaction and will work for less money, and they are keeping them on.

With regard to indispensibles in shipping offices, I can quite understand an experienced clerk holding an important position in the freight or forwarding department being hard to replace.

But when I recently called in one shipping office in which I used to be employed to see if they required a clerk, I was astonished to find several eligibles who at the outbreak of war were employed in the passenger and baggage departments now indispensible in the freight department.

Yet married men like myself cannot obtain employment after having done their bit. Disgraceful.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 13, 2014
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