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Telling about my Salary

Hi,

If I apply for a new job and my new employer before making an offer would like to know how much my current salary is, can I give out this information ?

It is not stated in my current contract that I should not tell my salary to other companies.

So my question, can I get in trouble if I tell my new employer my current salary? (not sure if I change workplaces yet, it can be that I stay at my old workplace)

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 29.03.2015, 13:26
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Re: Telling about my Salary

Potential employers asking for current salary in Switzerland are usually arrogant big-corps in my experience. The praxis in Switzerland is to ask for your salary expectation. Its up to you to decide if you want to provide the requested info or not.
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Well probably I will provide it so they make me a better offer than my current salary but I am hesitant as I am not sure if I can get into trouble because of this.
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Re: Telling about my Salary

You could also tell the new (potential) employer that your current salary is irrelevant, because that is one of the reasons that you are seeking a new job. State what you would accept.
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Re: Telling about my Salary

Do not tell them if you don't want to. If they press that's a good sign it's probably a shitty company to work for.
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Well probably I will provide it so they make me a better offer than my current salary but I am hesitant as I am not sure if I can get into trouble because of this.
Why on earth would you get into trouble for telling them your current salary!?
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Why on earth would you get into trouble for telling them your current salary!?
Quite. How would anyone find out you'd told them anyway?
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Re: Telling about my Salary

I think this type of clause in your current contract relates to your conversations with co-workers, not with other companies. The employer doesn't want you to discuss your salaries with each other and then someone gets upset that another person with the same job title makes more. That's how it worked at a former employer of mine in the U.S. anyway...
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Re: Telling about my Salary

I have met this question couple of times in my job-seeking experience. From various companies from various countries (CH, DE, AT).
What is really funny, that in each of the case, it was when I was living in my homeland (central Europe).
So what kind of value could this info give to the recruiter? no idea.
I was earning about 19k Euro (that time about 23K CHF) per year, but in totally different economical reality.

However, when question is just stupid when stated to some abroad-living person, I think it can be even rude when stated to insider. While the only purpose I can figure out is not to give you as much as you would ask for. For example if you change the company and would like to earn 100k instead of 86k, tehy will give you just 94, saying that it is already an increase for you.
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