Re: Why Prospective Employers Won't Quote Pay Rates

zed (1@1)
21 Dec 1996 12:19:35 GMT

what the hell is this?

SemiAnonymous <> wrote in article
> Why Prospective Employers Won't Quote Pay Rates
> If a prospective employer announces that it is offering a
> certain level of compensation for a certain job opening, then
> it can expect to have claims assessed against it by certain
> job candidates who, in the employer's estimation, are not
> worth the offered compensation.
> So let's say an employer would gladly offer $1,000/day to a
> white male candidate, but this announcement will invite
> equal pay claims from lesser preferred job candidates under
> the equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws.
> The employer's response to this dilemma is to go mum
> on the subject of compensation and to solicit bids
> regarding pay from the job candidates. (Don't point to
> help wanted advertisements that quote pay rates. These
> are just "come-on ads", that is, "bait and switch" ads, and
> when you are switched to the real situation, YOU will be
> asked to disclose the compensation being sought.)
> What is the greater implication of this? Well, remember that
> job candidates are on the selling side of a transaction. When
> the bidding of prices is strictly limited to the selling side,
> the only way that the bidding can go is DOWN! Only buyers
> will bid up prices, but if all buyers (i.e. prospective
> employers) go mum, then labor prices CANNOT go up.
> The multipart treatise on the downward wage equalizing effects
> of equal employment opportunity is now available on the World
> Wide Web. See url:
> (or, if the above fails try,
> (Suggestion: you may find it advisable to use the save
> feature of your web browser to save the treatise as text.)
> "Government enforced wage equalization will work only in the
> downward direction" - despite any initial appearance to the
> contrary! And the most shocking thing of all is that the least
> preferred job candidate doesn't even have to be awarded a job
> for many phenomena to take place!