Should job postings include pay info?

Campaign calls on Charity Village to require such information

Should job postings include pay info?

All job posts should include compensation information.

That’s the call being made by stakeholders of Charity Village, a resource website for people involved in Canada's nonprofit sector.

“Today we are saying that we will no longer use your job posting platform until you require compensation information to be included in all job postings on your website,” says a letter sent to Charity Village by FoodShare Toronto, along with more than 70 organizations and 200 individual signatories from across Canada.

They say the public letter was written to open a public conversation over Charity Village’s approach to equity. FoodShare officials say that the charity has been asked privately to make this change many times.

Research shows that salary negotiation processes lead to inequitable wage gaps, with Black people and women receiving lower wages than their colleagues, says FoodShare. And publicizing pay ranges is widely recommended as one way to mitigate the racial and gender bias that shows up in salary negotiations.

They also say that Charity Village already knows this, as seen in its online post “In everyone’s best interest: why you should disclose salary in your job postings,” where it acknowledge that fewer than half of the job postings on its own website show the salary range and that not posting the salary range is an equity issue.

Previously, human rights commissions in Canada said they welcomed Facebook’s stance on discriminatory job ads.

While workers across many sectors are exploited, this is a particularly significant issue in the charitable sector, where workers are asked to sacrifice pay because of the charitable mission, according to the letter.

“This has to stop. We can’t imagine a job posting that does not include the job title, or the work location, or the main tasks of the role. Let’s get to a place where we can’t imagine a job posting that does not include the rate of pay. Act on your own advice here.”

Nearly nine in 10 (89 per cent) of employers in the U.S. are open to negotiating salary once a job offer has been made, according to a separate report.

Why post salary information?

Here are seven reasons you should include a salary range in your job postings, according to SocialTalent, a hiring skills platform.

  • It’s one of the first things jobseekers look for.
  • Candidates will try to find out anyway.
  • One way to ensure that your organization is on a committed path to equality and fairness is to disclose salary ranges.
  • Millennials want it that way.
  • Candidates don’t often leave jobs to be paid at the same level.
  • It is becoming more normalized.
  • It will help an employer stand out.

Asking about a person’s salary history can “perpetuate inequality,” according to an earlier study.

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