In this case, we’re talking about the salary for a job opening you’re advertising. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Phoenix, PrideStaff knows there are differing opinions on this topic, which can make your decision whether to include it or not all the more tough.
To help you decide, here’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages of making the salary public in a posting:
Advantage: Including salary will help qualified candidates better determine if the position is right for them.
Disadvantage: Including salary may cause some candidates not to apply because they view it as too low.
Practical tip: If you’re offering a salary that you know is a bit on the low side, then you need to promote all the other perks you do offer – e.g. flexible schedules, the ability to telecommute, generous health insurance benefits, etc.
Advantage: Including salary will help attract a wider range of candidates.
Disadvantage: Including salary may appeal to candidates who are not qualified, making your job of weeding through resumes harder.
Practical tip: If you get inundated with resumes from candidates, consider using an applicant tracking system to screen out the most unqualified candidates. That way, you can reduce the resumes you need to read through to a more manageable number.
Advantage: Divulging salary makes your company seem transparent and the job opening all the more real.
Disadvantage: Your competitors can view your salary information and one up you so they land the top candidate.
Practical tip: Don’t ever include a fixed salary. Instead, include a range that gives you some wiggle room. You may wind up wanting to hire someone with far less experience than you expected but who shows enormous growth potential. And you want to ensure the salary you’re offering reflects their level of experience.
Ultimately, whether you decide to disclose salary information is up to you. However, if you’re not comfortable doing it in a job posting, then reveal it during the first round of interviews with candidates. That way, you’ll only be discussing it with qualified candidates, but you won’t be so far into the hiring process that you lose out on your top pick candidate because of it.
And if you need more help with any aspect of the hiring process – from job postings to skills testing – let PrideStaff know. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Phoenix, we can craft job descriptions, source and screen candidates, and conduct interviews and skills testing – while you focus on other priorities.