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.
@RediTlhabi If HR doesn't knw market related salaries they must go research & not ask for payslip. A candidate shud b paid for their value.— DJ NIPRO (@DJNipro) July 16, 2015
@RediTlhabi A friend was getting R15k,applied, went through interview process and got a R35K job.They asked for payslip and offered him 25k.— Tmani (@t4t3nd4) July 16, 2015
@RediTlhabi I questioned this was told its industry practise to offer only 25 - 30% increase on existing package - totally unfair!!!— M (@richmar4) July 16, 2015
@RediTlhabi She's been conservative with the truth. Employers will always find a way to reduce their operational cost by cutting labour cost— Fenna Senkhane (@Big_Feesh) July 16, 2015
@RediTlhabi If you advertise a job with a salary cap, then employ at that range. Salary slips are for bench marking & commission to brokers.— Mongezi Mbebe (@Nhonho_Mbebe) July 16, 2015
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