Job adverts omitting salary or stipend details in an advert do so on purpose and have a hidden agenda. The intention is to attract applicants to an interview without committing to an amount beforehand. They do this to test what the lowest rate would be for the most willing, strongest candidates.
Think about it. Why does someone avoid giving you information they know would help your decision to attend an interview?
Job adverts that are not upfront about pay are in contravention of the Constitution when those hiring firms proceed to ask you questions about pay. Firms who are not upfront about pay – cannot legally ask about pay.
These adverts targets vulnerable people willing to apply no matter what the payment would be. These recruiters search for the most desperate, skilled people willing to accept unfair wages.
They’re not looking for someone who will do the job cheap – they want the best available talent for the least amount.
Some recruiters want you to believe that by not revealing the salary, they can establish who’s applying because of passion and for ‘the right reasons’ – someone not just out to get a salary. It’s a test of your ‘virtue’ or moral reasons for taking a job. people work for money, only religious workers work to go to heaven.
It’s funny how people who work for a salary themselves suddenly assume that your ability to be employed is based on satisfying a sense of ‘morality’ or ‘virtue.’
What The Public Says
Hi Leonie, thanks so much for your post on LinkedIn re: recruiters stating salaries.
I attended an interview for a lecturing position this morning. They only wanted to pay R8500 per month! I thanked them for their time and told them that I was looking for a market-related salary (which they have informed me it was).
I’m sure many companies are using the recession as an excuse to pay exploitative salaries. I’ve got a Honours degree in Education from UKZN and I know I’m worth far more than what they were offering. Will just have to keep looking or even go overseas…
If this applicant had known what the payment was beforehand he wouldn’t have applied. Companies argue that they don’t state the salary as they don’t want to ‘dictate’ your salary but want you to negotiate for it. Understand that this is not true.
Comments from LinkedIn
Most positions just state “Undisclosed remuneration” More like come and let’s see how desperate you are.
Heleen le Roux
Cheap Labour = Slavery. You have a right to know the remuneration package for the job you applied for. In my personal opinion, with all due respect, they obviously deny you basic human rights.
Prof Thidziambi Phendla, PhD
My son went through this last week. He was interviewed at 10am, trained till 6pm, offered a job without disclosing his salary. My husband and I told him to decline the so-called job. How many desperate sons and daughters out there who continue to be abused? Modern day slavery?
Interesting post! I found the whole non-disclosure thing really strange when I came to SA. I hate it when they ask you how much you expect to earn! Surely they place their value on the job within their budget, possibly with a scale depending on experience. It feels like trickery otherwise!
Do you want to know the salary before or at the interview? Here’s what people said on Face Book
Another thing I find incredibly frustrating is this payslip nonsense, they are so quick to demand and even go as far as saying their client won’t continue with the process if you don’t give it to them?
What does my current or previous salary have to do with their clients budget for the role? Surely they’re advertising the job knowing very well what they’re willing to offer?