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Stop Asking About Salary History, Employers Urged

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Asking job candidates about previous pay when recruiting contributes to the gender pay gap by keeping women on lower wages, according to a study by The Fawcett Society.

Its survey of 2,200 working adults found that 47% of people had been asked about past salaries. Fifty-four percent of men and 58% of women felt salary history questions meant they were offered a lower wage than they might otherwise have been paid, the survey found.

Asking prospective candidates about their salary history meant companies could end up replicating gender pay gaps from other organizations, The Fawcett Society says.

"We're calling on employers to make a simple change and stop asking potential employees about salary history," says the group's chief executive Jemima Olchawski. "Evidence shows that this will help to stamp out pay inequality."

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