Every job ad should make it clear how much the job will pay.
When companies don’t publicise salary information they are perpetuating the substantial pay gap that exists for women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ and disabled people. Read the facts here.
It’s time for the tech industry to change. We need to be the ones to change it.
Hi, I’m Bailey.
In April 2021 I published an opinion piece for Sifted on why it’s hypocritical for companies to proclaim they are pro-diversity and inclusion while publishing job ads that don’t tell candidates what salary to expect.
The article blew up in a way I hadn’t anticipated. I’ve had 1000+ reactions on LinkedIn, 100+ retweets and the article hit the front page of Hacker News and LinkedIn news.
Even better, just 48 hours after the article was published, Wagestream became the first company to publicly announce that they would change their policy and publish starting salaries on every job ad.
This campaign needs to go on.
With more work we can make publishing salary information on job ads the industry norm by 2025.
That’s tangible progress towards narrowing the pay gap in just three years.
We’d be improving the odds that women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ and disabled people will earn a wage that’s fair when compared to their peers.
We’d be putting money in the pockets of underrepresented groups, making it easier for them to leave if they were pushed around by their employer. We’d be forcing employers to live up to the values they espouse around diversity and inclusion.
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The wording of the pledge is currently:
“We pledge to publish a fixed salary or salary range on every public job description.
We also pledge never to ask a candidate for their salary history.
We make these pledges as part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate the pay gap for women, for people of colour, for LGBTQ+ communities and for those with disabilities.”
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