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Hiring managers believe not disclosing salaries would help close the gender pay gap 

On the 9th November, Major Players went #OutOfOffice to show our support for closing the gender pay gap and to mark the day that women across the country are, effectively, working for nothing for free for the remainder of the year.


Highlighted in our annual Salary Survey, there is a 23% gender pay gap in favour of men across the creative, tech and design industries – a percentage much higher than the 18.4% median aggregate gap for part-time and full-time workers revealed by the Office of National Statistics.


A new study – brought out by Major Players in collaboration with the Equal Pay Day – revealed that 75% of hiring managers think the gender pay gap could be reduced if interviewees were not asked to disclose their current salary.


Having launched the Earn Your Worth initiative in May 2018, Major Players has stopped asking candidates for their current salary and have not passed on salaries to hiring managers choosing instead to outline what the candidate's expectations are.


Support for the initiative is spreading with 23% of hiring managers admitting that they have already faced a situation in which a candidate has refused to disclose their salary and 43% stated that they are very likely to implement the initiative.


Spanning a range of industries across creative, design and tech, 70% of responses admitted that they feel there is a gender pay difference in their industry with the most significant sectors being Advertising, Media, Creative and Marketing.


Fifty percent of those questioned were female, 73% of who admitted that they feel there is a gender pay gap in their industry.


We have already seen proof that the initiative works with one candidate receiving a job offer that was £10K more than her current role after we declined to reveal her current salary.


The offer was a reflection on her skill set and experience and not her current salary as she had not negotiated a pay rise for some time. This brought her up to what she should have been earning at her level.

The client came back with a £35,000 job offer – £10k more than candidate was currently earning – after being “blown away” by her presentation, both were delighted with the outcome.