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Do you ask all candidates to show you a copy of their previous payslip? Is this legal?

by , 15 February 2016
We all do it... We ask to see a potential employee's payslip. But this practice can quickly sour the recruitment process if you ask to see salary payment information at the offering stage.

Why?

Well, because employees often feel you should pay them what they're worth - and not based on their previous earnings.

Keep reading to find out what a study revealed...

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In a recent study, a recruitment specialist spoke about why the practice has become so popular with recruiters and whether or not it's legal. This is the outcome…

She insists asking for a payslip is unrelated to manipulation and, is actually there to protect both the employer and the employee.

It's a fair practice to a certain degree. Salaries and benchmarks are determined. When filling a vacant position, you'll probably have the salary set already.

Candidates come on board aware of the offer, but the salary payslip doesn't determine the final offer.

Keep reading for 3 reasons you might want to ask an employee for…

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This law applies to you if your employees are temporary or part-time, even if they:

•    Have a fixed employment period, or
•    Only work one day a week, or
•    Only work every weekend, or
•    Only work half day.

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Here are 3 reasons you may want to ask for a payslip:
• Confirmation of job title;
• Confirmation of your start date at your previous company; and
• Confirmation of existing employment benefits.

A candidate can refuse to give you this though because it's a confidential document. But that also makes the negotiation process difficult. Because if you know exactly what he was getting before you can better those benefits and make it attractive for the employee to come on board.

So next time you're recruiting and a candidate says no to showing his payslip, simply explain your reasoning behind it. I'm pretty sure he'll be willing to co-operate.

P.S. Do you want to know the 70 questions to ask to get the most relevant information from your interviews? I'll tell you...

 


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