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Old 16.03.2020, 15:58
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Is it illegal to be asked about current salary ?

I was just chatting to a recruiting HR outside of my company and when the topic of salary came up he said that, by law, he wasn't allowed to ask me what my salary is or what my salary expectations are.

I'd never heard that before.. is that true ?
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Some company should find a new HR recruiter..

It is indeed nonsense.
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I was just chatting to a recruiting HR outside of my company and when the topic of salary came up he said that, by law, he wasn't allowed to ask me what my salary is or what my salary expectations are.

I'd never heard that before.. is that true ?
Where was the recruiter based? CH or elsewhere? In some places it is indeed banned.

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Old 17.03.2020, 10:26
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I was just chatting to a recruiting HR outside of my company and when the topic of salary came up he said that, by law, he wasn't allowed to ask me what my salary is or what my salary expectations are.

I'd never heard that before.. is that true ?
I don't know if it's "forbidden by law", but it shouldn't be a "norm" in any case.
If I am applying for a specific position with a specific set of skills - what does my salary history have to do with defining the alignment on those two?
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Old 17.03.2020, 11:26
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Re: Is it illegal to be asked about current salary ?

It's not disallowed. It's just taboo to talk about it and you're not obliged to answer it.

On an interview it's obviously an strategic factor: They going with care not to "overplay" you, but you can also "lie" for not getting an underpaid salary and take a risk there.

Did it once. Just said +500/m hopping to get even more in the offer. Happen to get an offer with the salary I said I was being paid.
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Old 17.03.2020, 13:23
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Re: Is it illegal to be asked about current salary ?

Odd indeed. How will recruiter understand your needs and value yourself on the market without knowing current or expected salary? I have always been asked this question during the interview at some point and never considered it to be a taboo question.

As my salary usually progresses with every new job, I usually answer this question “My expected salary would at least be equal to my current salary or more than it”. Most of the time it works and it’s slightly more than.
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Old 17.03.2020, 14:11
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If I am applying for a specific position with a specific set of skills
In that case I'm staying well away. Especially if they are very specific.....

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I was just chatting to a recruiting HR outside of my company and when the topic of salary came up he said that, by law, he wasn't allowed to ask me what my salary is or what my salary expectations are.

I'd never heard that before.. is that true ?
If the company has signed up to the UN EPIC Pledge, then this could well be. Also legislation in the US has made this illegal and companies have expanded the approach to other markets as well. It is a good thing because then you will be paid what the job is worth and not what you are drawing currently. For most people this would be an upside as offers get low-balled based on current compensation and % increase.
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Re: Is it illegal to be asked about current salary ?

Madness... how can a recruiter recruit people without discussing salary espectations?
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Madness... how can a recruiter recruit people without discussing salary espectations?
By looking at the internal relativities, market data and company affordability...

Using candidates' salary expectations, unfortunately, reinforces the (evidenced) position where women continue to be paid less than men.

If you mean that the company sets out its expectations (eg "we will only pay in this range"), then yes, that would work. But again, the company needs to review internal relativities, market data and affordability etc.

Much depends on the corporate values (eg fairness v cost saving) etc.
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Old 17.03.2020, 22:40
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Re: Is it illegal to be asked about current salary ?

Just last week I had an interview for a similar job to what I have now. All was looking good, until they mentioned they had no flexible working and it involved being on call 24/7.



So I said "okay, I guess this is covered in remuneration". So they asked my expectations, and I told them what I was earning. They then said they couldnt/wouldnt be paying within 30K of that. (Cue the cricket chirping in the room...). The interview ended briefly after that.



I truly believe they thought I was bluffing, but needless to say I withdrew my application 1 hour later.
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Madness... how can a recruiter recruit people without discussing salary espectations?
Discussing salary expectations is different to asking what your current salary is.

Salary expectations should be discussed with regards to the new role, the skills required etc and new salary should not be pegged to what you earn now.
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Odd indeed. How will recruiter understand your needs and value yourself on the market without knowing current or expected salary? I have always been asked this question during the interview at some point and never considered it to be a taboo question.

As my salary usually progresses with every new job, I usually answer this question My expected salary would at least be equal to my current salary or more than it. Most of the time it works and its slightly more than.
Issue with the approach is that if you are trying to get a promotion with a new job you may be underselling yourself. But if it is a lateral move etc then it works.
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In that case I'm staying well away. Especially if they are very specific.....

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LOL, I wasn't talking about Liam Neeson type of skills.

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Discussing salary expectations is different to asking what your current salary is.

Salary expectations should be discussed with regards to the new role, the skills required etc and new salary should not be pegged to what you earn now.
Exactly my point.
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Old 18.03.2020, 16:28
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new salary should not be pegged to what you earn now.
I agree. But thats not a reason to formally outlaw the question. I have been asked this countless of times and at least the last ten times had the same standard reply: "Can you explain to me why this information is relevant to you?"

Its fun to watch HR drones backpaddle really quickly. It seems to be a standard trick in their training books on how to negotiate a salary down. If we fall for it is it our own fault. They expect people to just state the salary, sometimes potentially lie about it but never question why this is asked.
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