8 Tricks Employers Use to Pay You Less

Everyone who's searched for a good job knows that employers understand how to make their offer seem more attractive than it really is.

We at Bright Side decided to work out which tricks are used by bosses in interviews to cut down on how much their employees will cost them.


The trick: A wage level is suggested during the interview, but they don't tell you that taxes will be deducted from it.

What to do: Always check if the wage offer is the before or after tax figure.

Career growth

The trick: You're promised career progression in exchange for working hard, but only certain favorites move upward.

What to do: Find out the truth about career growth from your colleagues.

Material Responsibility

The trick: You're made responsible for the debts owed by former employees, and this comes out of your salary.

What to do: Don't put your name to any contract that contains a clause about material responsibility that has nothing to do with you.

The Office

The trick: The interview takes place at the company's stylish head office, but you end up working in an industrial park in the basement.

What to do: Don't shy away from asking about the exact location where you'll be working.


The trick: You obtain a job as a manager but then find out that in practice you're on a lower rung of the ladder - with a matching salary.

What to do: Check that the work you'll be doing and your pay match the position you were promised.


The trick: Your wages are lowered due to fines for alleged lateness, too many coffee/cigarette breaks, or other infractions.

What to do: Demand the amount that's been cut from your wages. Fines of this kind are illegal.


The trick: You were promised an 8-hour workday, but in reality you work 10-12 hours, and you're not paid overtime.

What to do: The only way to find out about this problem is to talk to former and current employees of the company.

Fixed Salaries and Bonuses

The trick: The wage you're promised is divided into a small fixed salary and a large bonus, and you end up getting only the former.

What to do: All bonuses should be confirmed in writing. You should know exactly what you're owed.


Employers usually aren't interested in improving your experience as an employee. What they want is the best person for the smallest amount of money.

Therefore, you should always:

  • Thoroughly read through every document you sign.
  • Ask for everything that's promised to be confirmed in writing.
  • Talk to former employees of the company.

Illustrator: Natalia Kulakova for Bright Side
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