Hey all, 3rd party recruiter reached out to me about a job. We had interview which I think went well. I did not give my salary expectations, but the recruiter provided the hiring budget.

After sending resume, I am now being asked my current income. Seems expectation is ~20-25% comp increase when you change companies. Effectively it would be a promotion, but the budget would be significantly more than 25%.

Do I inflate my current comp? My wife said she had to find a paystub for her job.

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The wife works in healthcare so I'm not sure if this is common in finance/investments management.

I fear providing my current comp will undercut any offer and subsequent negotiations.

Has anyone ever had an offer pulled after negotiation. IE you're offered 100, you counter with 120 for x reason, but they pull the offer instead of just saying no we can't increase.

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Thanks for the responses, I was just told that as well from someone else, but I think they actually can ask this question, as the state/locality in which this position is based, does not appear to have any laws restricting this question/behavior.

As a slight distinction however, is that it's a 3rd party recruiter, not an employee of the company for which I'm interviewing. Also said recruiter is not personally based in US, not sure of that recruiting company's HQ. HQ of the end company for which I'd work I also don't think is actually in US. Not sure how international laws apply.

Also to be fair, even if it were to be illegal in this scenario, they can always just say they aren't going to provide an offer because my experience wasn't exactly what they were looking for, and that it has nothing to do with my salary etc etc. It's not exactly something that's easy to prove there was any harm done, or intent to do harm based upon my answer to that question (although yes the question itself is on email so that would be easy to prove).

What role did your wife have that would make her have to show paystubs? Pretty sure that's illegal.

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