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Ban individual salary negotiations - it would help gender pay equality | Carys Afoko

Two years ago I took a job with a take-it-or-leave-it salary. I’m glad I did. It ensures greater fairness and transparency and means men and women are paid the same
‘For most of us, being good at negotiating your pay has nothing to do with how good you will be at your job.’ Photograph: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Two years ago, I opened an email with a job offer. It contained lots of flattering things about how great I was and how much the organisation wanted to work with me. It also contained a take-it-or-leave-it salary offer that was explicitly non-negotiable. If employers such as the BBC are serious about closing the gender pay gap, banning individual pay negotiation is a policy they should adopt as well.

It’s worth mentioning I quite like negotiating my salary. I

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