Let’s talk about money.
June 22, 2012
Today’s industry commentary is from our senior consultant Kevin Renton.
Culturally, discussing salary has been a taboo subject since time began – or so it seems in the UK anyway.
Ask yourself, do I know how much the person to my right or left gets paid? For many, I would be willing to bet my salary that they don’t. That’s if you are a permanent employee! Having recently attended a contractors’ event hosted by Head Resourcing it was noticeable that this community of contract and freelance IT specialists had a good understanding of what they are worth in the market. Were they, shock horror, talking to each other?
With a quick search on the internet you can get a myriad of reasons why people don’t talk about salary; “it’s private and only my partner and I should know what I earn”, “I don’t want to be judged”, “it changes relationships with people”, “it’s in my contract to not discuss my salary with colleagues” – and the list goes on. All good reasons, of course, and as part of this society what can I say? They all sound pretty reasonable.
Yet, it’s important to know your worth in the workplace. I wouldn’t say that salary is the only driving factor in being in a job (that’s for another blog!) but it is a part of the mix. We all want to know that we are getting a fair wage for our day’s work, but to find out if we are or not we are going to have to do something that comes unnaturally to us – talk to each other about our salaries! Yes, you can find salary ranges for advertised skill sets, but does a C# or .NET developer get paid the same in the digital media industry compared with the same skill set in financial services? Are there regional differences, due to skill shortages or does a local economy like Aberdeen drive salaries higher?
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