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earningsMoneyweb reports that a growing number of countries have implemented legislation that forces companies to be transparent about how much they pay their employees – the aim being to expose and eliminate salary disparities between different race and gender groups.  

The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Report ranked SA 117th out of 149 countries when it came to equal pay for equal work, while ILO’s 2018/2019 Global Wage Report named SA amongst the countries with the highest levels of gender wage inequality among the 64 countries considered.  It is this inequality that PayslipBanSA is seeking to tackle through a campaign.  The advocacy body ultimately aims to legally challenge the lack of remuneration transparency and the demand for payslips and pay history during recruitment as constitutionally unfair and anti-competitive.  According to founder Leonie Hall, “No transparency means problems.”  She added that if an employer has more information than an applicant, it has more power, which allows it to create an opportunity to prevent job seekers from fairly negotiating pay.  “If they were upfront, they would not need to ask for your payslip,” she opined.  According to Hall, recruiters don’t have context around an employee’s previous salary, which could include being underpaid in a previous position.  There is no law that requires job seekers to disclose their payslip or permits employers to request them.  

  • Read the full original of Tebogo Tshwane’s report on the above topic at Moneyweb

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