Most Candidates Do Not Negotiate Salaries

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Sep 22, 2023

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” which features talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

More than half of candidates did not negotiate their most recent salary. What’s more, women and men were equally as (un)likely to negotiate. And the younger the candidate, the less likely the individual is to ask for more money. This is all unfortunate. I would never dream of accepting a job without asking for some more coins.  (Glassdoor)

People who were formerly incarcerated are half as likely to be employed in the federal sector as those without records. That’s one of numerous findings about this talent pool by the EEOC in a pair of recent reports. What’s not clear, however, is whether the above sta is a result of hiring managers’ bias or if candidates with prior convictions apply less oftne for government jobs because they believe that they won’t get hired. (EEOC)

IRS to cut hiring process from six months to 90 days. It’s part of the agency’s effort to hire 3,700 enforcement agents this year. Will it meet its goals? Well, it initially planned to hire 3,833 revenue this year, but in the first quarter, it only hired 34. That’s some math! (Federal News Network)

Paid family leave ranks as important as compensation among those not in the labor force. What’s more, both tie for first place. The takeaway is that when luring people back to work, it would behoove employers to ensure their benefits attract enough candidates. (Bipartisan Policy Center)

Dating app Grindr loses almost half its staff after issuing a return-to-office mandate. The new policy, many workers claim, is retalation against employee efforts to unionize. Will workers at other organizations react similarly to such mandates? I doubt it.  (The Independent)

Walmart is lowering starting pay for new hires in its stores by $1. The retail giant’s announcement comes not long after it had raised minimum wage for store workers from $12 to $14. This move can be seen as part of larger efforts by giant corporations to trim costs. And hey, better than layoffs, right? (SHRM)

How well can AI do certain roles? Not as well as the hype suggests. Out of 48 skills families that Indeed identified via an examination of 55 million job posts, AI is “excellent” at only four, and “good” at another 16. Notably, it was AI that determined these findings for itself. (Indeed Hiring Lab)

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