Showing your hand

Most employers don’t post salary in job ads but in a tight labour market they could be missing out on valuable candidates
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/31/2009

You won’t find salary information in the job postings of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Instead, the luxury chain devotes a lot of attention to listing the scope and requirements of each position.

“We don’t like the salary to dissuade or persuade someone from applying and we’ve been lucky so far,” says Amrita Bhalla, director of recruitment and development at the Toronto-based company. “It’s not boldly advertised but not something we need to hide.”

In thousands of job ads on online job boards, the Four Seasons approach is more than common. It echoes the results of a Workopolis survey that found 80 per cent to 90 per cent of employers do not specify salary in job postings. And yet, both employees (81 per cent) and employers (71 per cent) say this detail is the number-one draw for job candidates, according to the January poll.