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Ban employers asking job applicants for salary history and current earnings

Submitted by Shoba Haridas on Tuesday 24th August 2021

Published on Monday 6th September 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 6th March 2022

Current Signatures: 30
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Gender ~ INCREASE ~ trust

Petition Action

Ban employers asking job applicants for salary history and current earnings

Petition Details

According to the Young Women's Trust, 40% of HR Managers have said they do not advertise salary details with job adverts. Often this means the salary will be based on the new employee's previous salary. We want questions about salary history banned, as it can perpetuate existing gender pay gaps.

Additional Information

Ending this practice is easy to implement and more importantly, it works. The United States leads on this front. Many states have already banned this practice. A study has shown a 5-6% increase in pay for people moving jobs within these states, with a larger increase for women (8-9%) and African-Americans (13-16%).


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