Often you’ll see jobs advertised by a Recruitment Agency and there aren’t any salary details.
It’s Crazy (right?)
You may or may not appreciate the reason for this, so I wanted to give an explanation as to why sometimes I’ve advertised roles and haven’t included salary details.
Sometimes The Client Doesn’t Have A Pay Structure.
I’ve dealt with companies that are small to medium sized businesses, and in some cases the company doesn’t have a salary structure in place.
This often happened when I was working with Engineering Machine Shops to find CNC Machinists.
They started off small, needed some help, hired a person, negotiated the wages on the day, and then rinsed and repeated the whole process the next time they needed someone else.
They ended up with different people, doing similar jobs, on different rates of pay.
So at best they could give me a salary range, but there would always be a small part of them that didn’t really want to say, in case they quoted an amount that was “too high”.
Or tsometimes it was because they didn’t want to lose a good candidate that could be of value to the business.
So they said “NEGOTIABLE”
Sometimes The Client Is Worried
Occasionally people will see an advert for a job that looks like it may be at their company. It could even be their job, they think.
So they call up to find out what they can, posing as an interested candidate (some Recruiters do this as well but that’s another Blog post)
The salary on offer looks far more than they’re being paid for doing a similar job (see above), and so they may complain, or ask some pretty awkward questions of their line manager or HR representative.
Far easier for the client to tell the agency that they aren’t allowed to advertise salaries, and avoid the pain, AND possibly reap some of the benefits mentioned earlier.
This can happen in small, and large companies, and at some point in my career I’ve seen it in both.
But what if the salary IS mentioned but it seems either too high or too low?
This happens also.
In the case of too low the company could either be out of step with salary levels for the role in question, or they could be aiming to keep their costs down.
In the case of too high, if it’s an agency advert, then it could be that the Recruiter has made sure the package looks as attractive as possible, to get the most response from the advert, or that the company in question like to pay well to attract and retain top talent
What I would say is that whenever there is a range, don’t immediately assume that you’re going to achieve the very top, or get offered the very bottom.
Personally I would always prefer to be open and up front about the salary range at the outset.
If the company have a pay structure in place then it shouldn’t be an issue, if they don’t, then there will always be an unofficial range.
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