Recruiters requesting payslips seen as unfair practice

Payslips serve many purposes by verifying your employment status.

But they can quickly sour the recruitment process when a prospective employer requests to see your salary payment information at the offering stage.

Valerie Makhosazana Wolmarans, recruitment specialist and CEO of Emakhosini Recruitment Solutions spoke with us about why the practice has become so popular with recruiters and whether or not it is legal.

She insists that the payslip request is unrelated to exploitation and, instead, for the protection of both the candidate and the recruiter.

It is a fair practice to a certain degree. Salaries and benchmarks are determined. When filling a vacant position, a salary it set, whether it is market related or not. Candidates come on board aware of the offer, but the salary payslip does not determine the final offer.

Valerie Makhosazana Wolmarans, recruitment specialist

Wolmarans lists these as some of the reasons that prospective employers request for a payslip:

  • Confirmation of job title
  • Confirmation of your start date at your previous company
  • Confirmation of existing employment benefits

A candidate may refuse to provide their salary payslip as it is a confidential document; however, it makes the negotiation process difficult, according to Wolmarans.

Many CapeTalk and 702 listeners expressed disapproval of the practice and shared their personal experiences.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Thlabi Show:


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