I've been going through new opportunities lately and for many opportunities I have found HR and recruiters saying, "Well you were making X amount before so they wouldn't feel comfortable giving you Y"
I was wondering why this would be the case despite having the experience and qualifications for the job? To me this implies that if I had been making more they would pay me more but since I wasn't I'm less desirable?
I can't make heads or tails of it.
Apologies if this question may end up being too open.
edit: I should add this has happened very recently where I was told that they couldn't justify the pay boost... but they are not my previous employer