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How important is salary transparency when advertising a job?

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What is your biggest motivator when applying for a job? Free tea and coffee? On-site parking? Staff discount? All welcome perks.

However, research suggests that for nearly half of all candidates, salary is the biggest motivator when applying for a job. In online polls conducted by Flat Fee Recruiter, 70% of respondents chose pay as their key consideration when applying for a job.

Despite this, many hiring managers believe that not including a salary on their job adverts will have no negative effect on their campaign. As a result, they’re missing out on nearly a third more applicants.

When you ask yourself, should I show the salary on my job adverts? The answer is Yes!

Not only will salary transparency improve the response to your job adverts. There are also ethical arguments for its inclusion.

Positive Company Culture

For example, it helps create the impression of a positive company culture. For better or worse, there’s a common assumption that a hidden salary is a low salary. Either that, or the company is hiding the fact that it pays new staff more than current employees. Both options will not present your business in the best light, and a great number of quality candidates won’t be prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Likewise, terms such as ‘negotiable’ and ‘competitive’ are largely regarded with suspicion. At the end of the day, most jobseekers are looking for a pay increase, and are unlikely to consider leaving their current job for lower pay.

Combat Gender Inequality

With the increasing focus on maintaining equality in the workplace, salary transparency might also be effective in addressing the gender pay-gap. There is some evidence that salary negotiations unfairly benefit men. Research even suggests it contributes to subconscious bias in the workplace, with women treated negatively for being assertive in a way that male candidates are not.

Clear salary expectations help combat this, which in turn will also contribute to higher staff morale and a positive company culture.

It is for this reason in particular that clear salary banding is increasingly common within larger companies, and even a legal requirement in some regions around the world. But rather than regard this as a future hurdle to your recruitment strategy, you should show salary in your job adverts to improve your hiring success: appealing to the most candidates will help you attract the best candidates, which in the long run will be the greatest benefit to your business.

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