Ikea Stores Ban Asking Job Candidates About Past Salary

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer September 28, 2021
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​Ingka Group, the Netherlands-based company that operates the majority of Ikea stores worldwide, implemented a policy earlier this month eliminating salary history queries from the recruiting process.

The affected Ikea stores will base salary offers on job-specific experience and an assessment of competencies, within a specified salary range. The decision was made to ensure fairness and avoid replicating pay gaps by previous employers. The decision will be implemented in 390 stores and affect up to approximately 160,000 employees.

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