Here’s a controversial one! And I’d be glad of the feedback. I have seen some interesting debates on LinkedIn about this subject, and am keen to understand what the community thinks.
Isn’t it time to publish salaries on job posts?
Woah! What?! Well, hang on! Hear me out.
For a prospective candidate, when considering the options of a potential move, isn’t the salary a major consideration? For example, there’s nothing worse going through the entire interview process, absolutely nailing every stage and then delivering a killer presentation, to be offered the job… and then find the salary is so low with no room for manoeuvre, that you just wasted weeks of your time and effort, that probably distracted you from your current job (not a good look.)
After all, at the end of the day, salaries pay bills. We work to live. Not the other way round. And whilst there may be some excellent benefits, some of those benefits may not be immediately available or won’t help pay the gas bill.
I think most job seekers are hesitant to ask upfront what the salary is, prior to applying for a role, as perhaps that then makes the candidate look like they are only interested in the money. A bit of a catch 22 because the role could be the absolute dream job, offering a top-end laptop , unlimited wine , a solid gold-pressed platinum desk with a view , free cakes on a Wednesday , meditation time on a Friday - but a salary of $10k per year.
So, if a candidate can see the salary (even if just a range), then would that not help with transparency and set the expectation at the outset? Would that help with getting the right candidates? And doesn’t that then help with employee advocacy?