I believe there is a big misconception as to why employers don’t include a salary within a job post, so I was delighted to come across an article that dug deeper into the reasons behind it. I have come across many debates over LinkedIn discussing the pro’s and con’s of displaying a salary, however, a lot of articles don’t always include the pro’s.

Although every employer has different reasoning behind their decision, the main assumption I have come across is that the employer uses the candidate’s salary as leverage. This may be the case in some instances but not in all, and the article elaborates on this which I found very interesting.

In my experience as a recruiter, the main reason for not posting a salary in a job advert has been down to an agreement with the client. Often, they will have current employees with the same job title on varied salaries. As employees bring individual skills and experiences to a job, salaries are not always likely to match up. Therefore, the salary should be confidential between the employer and the potential candidate.

A listed salary may also put off a very exceptional candidate as they believe it doesn’t meet their range. During my time in recruitment, I have witnessed employers pay over what they had originally set as a basic salary when they have been presented with the perfect candidate. The candidate may have missed this opportunity had the salary been listed.

There will always be arguments for and against not posting salaries on a job ad, however, it is interesting to learn some of the positive reasons behind the decision. It can work positively for both applicants and employers when it comes to salary leverage and is likely to cut out missed opportunities.