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Employers cannot insist jobseekers declare last-drawn pay, 'practical approach' should be taken: Josephine Teo

Jun 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: There are no rules stating that jobseekers must declare their last-drawn salaries, and employers cannot insist they do so, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo in Parliament on Thursday.

Instead, a "Practical approach" should be taken on whether employers are allowed to ask for such information, she said, as a candidate's last-drawn salary can help employers gauge his or her seniority or to make an appropriate job offer.

Employers who use last-drawn salaries to screen jobseekers risk losing out on good candidates who are prepared adjust their salary expectations, especially in current times, said Mrs Teo.

"If a jobseeker chooses to provide salary information, employers should use it carefully."

"My concern is whether some of these salary payslip practices by employers will actually lead to further negative externalities in the future, thus exacerbating unemployment numbers," he said.