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BUSINESS NEWS – UK - Jobseekers Cite Lack Of Salary Transparency As Biggest Complaint When Job Hunting

Posted 10th October 2022 • Written by SIA – Staffing Industry Analysts •

Nearly half, or 48%, of jobseekers in the UK, claim that no salary or a lack of salary clarity on job ads is their biggest complaint when searching for jobs, according to research from Adzuna.

The research comes as 69% of workers in the UK think employers need to be more transparent on their job ads, with a third, or 31%, believing salary transparency should be the number one priority on postings, ranking it more important than the job role itself (18%), the location (11%) or any work benefit schemes (7%).

Meanwhile more than a third, or 36%, declined a job right after they found out the intended salary, after going through lengthy interview processes.

Adzuna’s analysis on job hunting activity over the last five years revealed UK workers have wasted over 70 million hours applying for jobs with the ‘wrong salary’. Now, almost half of workers (46%) wouldn’t attend an interview in future if they didn’t know what an employer was willing to offer in terms of salary. 

In terms of gender, women (33%) are much more likely to find lack of salary transparency an issue when compared to men (21%).

There also appears to be a regional divide when it comes to salary transparency. Yorkshire and The Humber (63%) is the most transparent while London (55%), Scotland (49%) and Northern Ireland (28%) are at the bottom of the roster.

In terms of sector, charity and voluntary jobs (88%) are the most transparent, followed by social work (76%) and manufacturing (75%). Creative and design jobs (32%) are the least transparent, while retail jobs (37%), energy jobs (39%) and IT jobs at (43%) also rank amongst the lowest. 

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