Employers increasingly omit wages from job postings despite pay transparency campaign
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Northern Ireland is the worst on the salary list, with just 28% of vacancies. London and Scotland followed. The Yorkshire and Humber region, on the other hand, was found to be the most outspoken in the UK, with 63.3% of job vacancies including salary information.
Campaigners say a lack of pay transparency around jobs is contributing to the genre and ethnic gaps by allowing employers to offer lower pay to candidates who identify as women or belong to ethnic minorities for the same position.
“Employers need to be more transparent about compensation,” said Jemima Olchawski, chief executive of the Fawcett Society. “Not only should they publish salaries in job postings, but they should also stop asking potential employees about their past salaries.”
“Asking about salary history can mean that past salary discrimination follows women, people of color and people with disabilities throughout their careers. It also means new employers are replicating the pay gaps of other organizations,” she continued.
The government launched a two-year wage transparency pilot project on International Women’s Day in March this year, in which it planned to ask participating employers to provide wage details on job offers. employment and stop asking applicants for their salary history when recruiting.
“We believe that increased pay transparency will build on positive evidence of the role information can play when it comes to empowering women in the workplace. It is essential that we keep women at the forefront of the leveling agenda as we recover from the pandemic and rebuild together,” said former Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott.
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