Bang on, Arbitrator. I don't expect to be told the exact salary but I do expect to know a 'range' before putting pen to paper. Just saying 'competitive' is a waste of time. If you aren't willing to discuss the money side then we are just wasting each other's time aren't we? And no - it doesn't make me a mercenary who isn't interested in teaching (that's usually the owners). Some say that this is a commercial confidentiality thing, but in my experience the first thing that teachers do is discuss their salaries with each other and with people from other schools. Not being up front, therefore just creates bitterness and a sense of staff feeling ripped off when they find out they are only getting 70%- 90% of the going rate.