"Christian Heilmann" <codepo8 at gmail.com> rwote: > I've hired about 8 people last year and went through about 50 CVs. > None of the people we took on asked about the money or felt the need > to as it is a common courtesy to pay what people are worth. While I'm glad that's been your experience, and I hope it's that of others, I've not found this to be consistently the case. While I was in the job market last year, I found that the six offers I received ranged widely in base compensation: the high salary offer was 20.5% greater than the low. What's more: also attached to that high salary was an additional 15% yearly personal and company performance bonus. I don't think the low-end of the delta was due to a lack of courtesy on the part of the hirers: they apologized that they couldn't pay more. But they maintained throughout the interview process that their pay scale was "competitive", and I didn't find until the very end that it wasn't really close. I have to admit that, while it was nice to receive so many offers, the collective experience of interviewing and receiving offers didn't gain me a concrete understanding of what my skill set is "worth"; much of that seems to rely on external factors beyond my control.