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Truworths Job Ads Against Public Interest?

Many recruitment adverts target unemployed youth and new market entrants (first-time job seekers). These adverts often fail to disclose pay, we must ask why companies need this negotiation advantage over these young inexperienced applicants.

“Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.”

― Criss Jami

Unfair Job Adverts Deny the Right to Fair Labour Practice and Increase Income & Wealth Inequality

On 6 July I spotted Truworths adverts targeting a vulnerable population group – the youth.

I wanted to know why their adverts failed to disclose pay, remember the 2016 Marie Claire R30 p/day intern stipend outcry? I asked on the Truworths Facebook ad but they ignored me and removed my comment.

Repeating the comment, I also notified my Truworths connections on LinkedIn. They continued ignoring me, probably hoping I’d go away. They finally sent this response after 6 days:

Dear Leonie,

Re: your request for clarity on our job advertisements

Truworths chooses to not disclose salaries with advertisements for employment opportunities so as not to inadvertently and prematurely exclude good candidates from positions based purely on their salary expectations.

Truworths offers market-related salaries and remunerates fairly based on the requirements of a role, the candidate’s qualifications, skills and experience. Furthermore candidates are welcome to discuss their salary expectations during the interview process.

We find your social media posts to be unnecessarily hostile toward Truworths, particularly given that advertising employment opportunities without a salary range is not an unusual practice in South Africa.

Truworths will not hesitate to defend itself against defamatory statements, and reserves all its legal rights.

Regards

Mark

 Divisional Director : Human Resources


Where there’s smoke…

‘Truworths chooses to not disclose salaries in advertisements for employment opportunities so as not to inadvertently and prematurely exclude good candidates from positions based purely on their salary expectations”

According to Mark, applicants often decide against attending interviews when they think an offer is too low. He says they have the wrong salary expectations. As a result, they prefer you not to know so that they can tell you what the correct salary expectation should be when you attend the interview.

In other words, most of us are pretty stupid. We’re lucky to have Big Daddy Mark to set us straight.

Truworths fails to respect that it’s an applicants right to decide if they want to, or can afford to take the position offered before investing their time and resources on an application process.

Furthermore candidates are welcome to discuss their salary expectations during the interview process.

Why should we believe that the ‘discussions’ during the Truworths interview process are fair?  See how Truworths salaries compare in the market, they are low.  Obviously Truworths has very good negotiators.

How does a new market entrant negotiate with such skilled professionals? The same professionals who will educate you with regards to pay expectations.

Withholding information creates an atmosphere of distrust – and their response is an attempt to bully us into submission.

If you disagree, please do so below in the comments section.

We find your social media posts to be unnecessarily hostile toward Truworths, particularly given that advertising employment opportunities without a salary range is not an unusual practice in South Africa.

Why did you ignore me Truworths? And remove the comment? Why couldn’t you just answer?

When it comes to Truworths claiming my posts were hostile – it’s an indictment on the Truworths level of professionalism, not to mention a pathetic social media response mechanism.

They created a hostile ‘Big Brother’ environment where only their unchallenged opinion may prevail. It makes me wonder if they know their argument would be contested and diminished by the public?

‘Everyone else does it’ –  Mark, are you still in high school? How abysmally lame, small and lacking in gumption.

Truworths is messing with us

Getting to an interview costs money. You have to prepare mentally, do research and find suitable clothes. Interviewing for a job is at a candidates expense.

During an interview, applicants are often offered salary / stipends that are prohibitive. They would not have attended the interview had they known they wouldn’t be able to accept the offer.

It’s not because they want too much, it’s because they have so little

For example, a R30 daily stipend and an opportunity may indeed be wonderful, but only certain candidates, those with access to a support system – can accept the opportunity.

Our development model is being skewed in favour of business who use ‘development’ as profit opportunity. They have the dubious honour of paying minimal amounts, if not less, and claim BEE points and tax rebates too. No one monitors the quality of the intervention and enforces that standards and our Constitutional values are upheld throughout.

Don’t applicants have the right to know and the equal right to be prepared in advance?

Are job ads that withhold pay information in the public interest?


More on recruitment exploitation at these links

No Salary Advertised? Call first

Explains why withholding information is abusive. Please read and be informed!

How the public feels about non-disclosure of salaries in adverts

Comments from Face Book and LinkedIn friends.

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