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Pay secrecy is driving workplace inequality in London

by LLB Finance Reporter
19th May 22 9:19 am

New research by Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, has found that employees in London are in the dark when it comes to money and pay secrecy is driving inequality in the workplace.

Salary remains a taboo subject with just 23% of workers saying their company discloses pay ranges internally among employees*. Glassdoor lifts the lid on pay secrecy by sharing salary information left anonymously by millions of employees worldwide.

With widespread labour shortages across the UK, pay transparency is a powerful weapon for the many companies struggling to hire. New Glassdoor research found 47% of Londoners have NOT applied to jobs where the salary is unknown. Furthermore, as employers battle to retain talent amidst the Great Resignation, workers cited transparent pay structures as the primary indicator of a company’s long-term potential for employment.

“Every company should be embracing salary transparency. It is only by removing pay secrecy that employers can address potential pay gaps and ensure equal pay for equal work,” comments Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive Officer.

“Glassdoor’s vision is radical transparency in the workplace. Pay transparency empowers job seekers and employees to understand better what fair pay looks like for their experience and skills. Top talent wants to work for companies that embrace pay transparency, and employers who evolve will have a competitive edge in a tight labour market. Now is the time to take action and actively share pay information.”

For nearly two-thirds of employees  in London(62 percent), salary is the #1 factor when switching to a new job, but 26 percent have no idea of their earning potential. With rocketing inflation impacting daily life, finding employment to support the increased cost of living is a concern for 1 in 4 (23 percent) workers in London.

However, 1 in 2 (51 percent) employees did NOT know the salary of their most recent job before applying.

One in 2 (51 percent) workers in London believe salary secrecy has limited their career options. Across the UK, the figure jumps to 60 percent amongst Gen Z workers (aged 18-24), and the problem is even more acute for Black employees (69 percent).

Challenging hiring conditions made easier with transparency

Two-thirds (66 percent) of Londoners would be more likely to apply for a position that includes a salary range on the job listing.

Pay transparency helps people make informed career decisions and improves the candidate experience by setting clear expectations early in the hiring process. It also makes the process more efficient for employers and the talent acquisition team.

But while the salary on offer should be made clear, 70 percent of employees in London believe that companies should not ask job candidates for their current or past compensation in the negotiation process.

Equal pay for equal work

Once in their role, workers in London appear to adhere to a culture of pay secrecy. Just 1 in 4 (27 percent) feel comfortable discussing their pay with their boss and a quarter (25 percent) of employees have shared their salary with a co-worker.

Salary secrecy is driving pay inequality in the workplace, and the research found that significant action is needed to address pay gaps. Half of workers (50%) think their employer should be doing more to close pay gaps and a third (33 percent) suspect that pay inequality exists in their company. This is more than any other region in the UK.

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