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:

Read More
No surprise that Nzimande shown the door in Cabinet reshuffle - analyst

No surprise that Nzimande shown the door in Cabinet reshuffle - analyst

Political analyst Karima Brown says SACP members who remain in Cabinet are "at the mercy" of Zuma and will have to strategise.

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

How we invented the modern concept of sleep

Dr Bodhisattva Kar reveals how industrial capitalism influenced the world's current sleep patterns.

Where are the whites at DA led marches?

Where are the whites at DA led marches?

DA's Makashule Gana penned an article in which he responds to journo Karyn Maughan's criticism of the party's marches.

Zuma SCA judgment: Everything you need to know

Zuma SCA judgment: Everything you need to know

Advocate James Grant provides pithy analysis on SCA decision that withdrawing charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational.

Recruitment agency clears the air on fall out with Arnold Geerdts

Recruitment agency clears the air on fall out with Arnold Geerdts

Jo-anne Kaplan from Exclusive People clarifies her side of the story, after speaking to sports presenter Arnold Geerdts yesterday.

Arnold Geerdts calls recruiters out for their funny business

Arnold Geerdts calls recruiters out for their funny business

Veteran sports broadcaster Arnold Geerdts thought they were kidding when recruiters offered him a lesson in writing cover letters.

Popular articles
Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

People do some very interesting things for a living, but some job titles are given more credit than others.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?