I'm sorry to interrupt here, also pardon me for not writing in German, as this would make the thing a bit too complicated for a sunday forum post for a non-native speaker and you guys might make fun of my spelling.
Anyway, I wonder if many of you guys have ever thought about the consequences of us all not sharing the info on our salaries. They are not exactly disastrous, but, well, make us worse-off.
The key phrase is information asymmetry: while companies have sometimes dedicated resources for researching the market compensation, we as candidates have at best Glassdoor ? and also a rather hostile attitude of peers (also seen in this thread).
Just google "salary information asymmetry" for some very enlightening reading. To quote a Forbes article by David Burkus:
In the United States especially, most of us are uncomfortable with the idea of broadcasting our salary. We?re not supposed to tell our neighbors. And we?re definitely not supposed to tell our office neighbors. To many people, it?s the polite and right thing to do to keep your pay to yourself?to keep your salary secret. The assumed reason is that if everybody knew what everybody got paid, then all hell would break loose. There would be complaints. There would be arguments. There might even be a few people who quit. But what if secrecy is actually the reason for the strife, and what would happen if we removed that secrecy?
In the above TEDxTalk, I reveal that pay transparency?sharing salaries openly across the company?makes a better workplace both for employees and for the organization. When people don?t know how their pay relates to their peers, they either think that they?re being underpaid and maybe discriminated against or worse they actually are.
Pay secrecy leads to what economists call information asymmetry?a situation where one party in a negotiation has loads more information than the other. And during initial hiring or annual raise or promotion discussions, that information asymmetry gives an employer the advantage?and they can use that advantage to save a lot of money. Imagine how much better you could negotiate for a raise with all that information. But economists also warn that information asymmetry can cause markets to go crazy?someone leaves a pay stub on the copier and suddenly everyone is shouting at each other about inequality. It can even lead to a total market failure. "
Some of you mention that one can deduce the salary (10-15% above IT average) ? but the sources for that are just as poor!
So, while I understand your non-disclosures' clauses on salary, (which, in my case, are rubbish/violation of employees' rights and should be banned ):
"Auch Lohn- und Gehaltsinformationen können von dieser allgemeinen Geheimhaltungspflicht betroffen sein ? allerdings nur dann, wenn die Gehaltsdaten eine Wettbewerbsrelevanz haben. Das ist dann der Fall, wenn Konkurrenten durch diese Informationen einen Wettbewerbsvorteil erhalten. So urteilten vom Grundsatz her die Richter des Bundesarbeitsgerichts (Az.: 6 ABR 46/84)." and so on.
So, by spreading (a more transparent) word about your current salary not only do you help others, you also help yourself in the long run (everybody is going to have raise negotiations / job interviews). Anonymous options such as Glassdoor do exist ;-) antworten