Openness about pay is a generational thing
Oprettet den: Tuesday, 10. January 2017 - 13:00 / kel
Pay is a private matter if you ask many members of IDA. In a new survey conducted by IDA among almost 20,000 members, 21% say that they discuss what they earn with their colleagues. However, more than 3 out of 4 – i.e. 77% – say they do not discuss pay with colleagues at their place of work.
The survey also reveals that the younger you are, the more open you are likely to be about your salary. While only one in 10 in the 51–60 age group discusses salary with colleagues, members aged under 31 are far more open, with 35% sharing details regarding their pay with colleagues.
Juliane Marie Neiiendam, chair of the Council of Employees (Ansattes Råd), finds it worrying that so many people keep their payslips so close to their chests.
"Openness about pay is one of the best ways of stamping out issues regarding equal pay and discrimination. Too many workplaces have a culture where pay is shrouded in secrecy. And we also know that there is a perception in many places that your salary is confidential, and some companies knowingly violate the Equal Pay Act, inserting confidentiality clauses about the individual's pay into employment contracts. It is and remains a myth that you should not discuss your salary with your colleagues," says Juliane Marie Neiiendam.