- If A Colleague Asks What You're Paid, Would You Tell Them?
It’s normally written into your contract that you are not allowed to discuss your wage with others.
This is virtually unenforceable, particularly following the equality act 2010 – if someone is trying to establish if there is a case for an equal pay claim, then they are allowed to ask and people are able to tell them, no matter what the contract says.
I’m on a pay scale, so there is a limited number of amounts I could get paid, and I have a job role within that, so people pretty much know within a range what I’m on, and I have no qualms about telling them what point I’m on.Posted 3 years agobrooessMember
No I don’t. People can get very funny if you earn more than them. I would have thought they’re better off working harder or getting more skills or finding a new job if it bothers them, but being funny about it seems to be the preference 🙂
More seriously, I’m a contractor and people often misunderstand that what appears to be a high day rate doesn’t necessarily translate into a massively higher standard of living e.g. it’s harder to get a mortgage, you don’t get paid holiday etcPosted 3 years agowukfitMember
The last company was shocked to find we all openly discussed our pay, even though we all earned between £16,000 to £18,000 so we’re not talking massive differencesPosted 3 years ago
My current job I get paid less than £1 an hour, and work 4 hours a day, and it’s still better than the previousfootflapsSubscriber
AT my first job I managed to persuade all my peers to give me all their salaries / pay rise details and plotted them all out on a graph (being an Engineer). Anyway, turns out we were all on exactly the same line – pay was linear function of age. The pay rises all occurred at different times but we were all paid exactly the same for our age. Did seem quite a ‘fair’ scheme…..Posted 3 years agoLesterMember
i have the unenviable task of hiring and firing.Posted 3 years ago
most of our men dont tell the truth about what they earn, normally adding £10-£20 a day on.
one day a guy said to me that he was unhappy that he was only earning a tenner a day more than this other guy, so i put the other guys money down a tenner and said due to the first bloke complaining, i had assessed his money and realised he was overpaid, he wasnt happyThe Swedish ChefMember
It does seem to be a British thing when it comes to money.
I’ve been very surprised how open people are over here when it comes to wages and what they/you paid for your house etc.
One thing I will say is that there seems to be a lot wider wage ranges in the UK than in Sweden, which is maybe why people are more open about it.Posted 3 years agoDrJMember
It ends well for the employer who can pay everyone as little as he can get away with, safe in the knowledge that they are too stupid to be open with each other about pay and conditions.
Funny – we once did a silly “team building” type game that was designed to show us that sharing information led to all the teams doing better, but in real situations, nobody does that.Posted 3 years agofunkhouserMember
im on contract with an hourly rate, there are different levels and different disciplines that earn different rates but the other guys at my level get the same. we are lucky to be in an industry where demand for personnel is high so companies outbid each other on the rates to get a workforce in for a project, its never about the companies paying as little as they can get away with, its about them paying more than their competitors. It also means if these lot here really want an individual on board but he’s is demanding more than the current rate, we all get an increase to match! the downside is projects never run for more than about 3yrs give or take, but for me thats long enough. i get bored.Posted 3 years ago
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