There’s a fascinating post from Vu Le from the 6/1/2015 edition of Nonprofit With Balls that examines the practice of failing to disclose salary ranges in job listings. Spoiler alert: Le doesn’t find much value; in fact, he comes up with eight detailed reasons why he believes they are counterproductive and recommends that groups embrace what he defines as equity and transparency.
If you aren’t familiar with Le’s writing, it is important to understand that he approaches this topic from the perspective as the executive director of a Washington based charitable nonprofit so if you thought the post is nothing more than the ramblings of a disgruntled entry or middle level manager, think again.
Le’s post was especially intriguing because it was only recently that I decided to remove the salary range taxonomy at Adaptistration Jobs. The decision was ultimately based on an evolving pattern designed to see how much of an impediment the salary range option would present.
- When the site launched, it required employers to select a range.
- After conducting a good bit of “abandon process” metrics analysis, it seemed that this was the major sticking point as nearly 100 percent of job posters deciding to abandon their listing stopped at that point.
- As a result, a “CWE” (commensurate with experience) option was included.
- Shortly thereafter, abandoned listings dropped by nearly 90 percent.
- After another 12 months of tracking, only 0.8 percent of listings selected anything other than CWE so the salary range taxonomy was entirely removed.
When Adaptistration Jobs was launched, the salary range taxonomy was included as the result of a strong belief that it was beneficial to both employer and candidate for many of the same reasons Le includes in his post but it has never been something of a strong issue so in light of the user metrics, it was phased out.
But reading Le’s post has rekindled my interest in this topic as his arguments are as solid as his rationale; consequently, I’m curious to learn a bit more via a reader survey. As such, thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the following survey.
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