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Employers should stop asking potential employees about salary history

According to a recent survey by the Fawcett Society, 47% of working adults are asked about their previous salaries when applying for a new job. 61% of female working adults stated this affects their confidence to negotiate better pay.

The Fawcett Society are encouraging employers to avoid asking questions relating to candidate’s salary history as it could contribute to pay inequality, for example by keeping women on lower wages based on their previous salary.

Only 25% of people surveyed thought their salary should be based on their previous rate of pay. But 58% of women and 54% of men think that by being asking about their previous salaries, they will be offered a reduced salary.