Your Stories

We’re here to amplify your voice and get your stories heard.

Below are just a few of the experiences you’ve shared and there’s an opportunity, further down the page, for you to share your own.

In my first leadership role the salary wasn’t advertised. I was offered a rate which turned out to be £10,000 (or 20%) below the bottom of the salary band for the role. In 2 years I got to the bottom of the salary band. My (older, white and male) peer in Fundraising was paid nearly 50% more than I was.

A submission via our website

I don’t feel comfortable approaching agencies or HR teams to ask the salary because I worry it’ll risk my chances of getting the role.

Does it look like I’m just interested in the money? Will I immediately end up in a salary negotiation (which I know I don’t do well in)?

So if I see “competitive” I just ignore the role.

A submission via our website

I have seen upwards of 10+ jobs I’ve considered applying for, where the ‘competitive’ salary has stopped me. Why? Because I assume that they will then ask me how much I earned in previous roles, and use that as a way to make me an offer. The latter has AMPLE evidence and research that explains how it discriminates against womxn & people of colour in particular, and the former triggers it.

A submission via our website

I’m a good fundraiser, a good pitcher for my company – absolutely no way in a million years I could phone a recruitment agency or charity and ask them immediately what a salary Was for an advertised role.  Maybe it’s imposter syndrome but I would think it would jeopardise my chance of getting the role.

A private message on Twitter

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we’ll be keeping this page up to date with a selection of your experiences so do check back regularly.

Happy to contribute? We’ll keep your response anonymous. If you include your email we may get back in touch to ask more questions but this is an optional field. You can also DM us your story on Twitter or send us an email.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story – you’re helping to make salary secrecy a thing of the past.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your story – you’re helping to make salary secrecy a thing of the past.

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