Perhaps I'm naive but I've only just found out about secrecy clauses relating to salary discussions; the sector that I've always worked in is transparent about salaries which relate directly to experience within the company.
If you have to sign a secrecy clause, how do you know that you're being paid a fair amount compared to your colleagues? Is this the norm in many industries?
ChasingSquirrels We had 2% last year So do you and your colleagues get the same percentage increase as each other then? (From different starting salaries.) You don't have to 'negotiate' your individual pay-rise (or lack of redundancy....). Or is it performance-based. Sorry for all the questions but I've never considered all of this before.
givemeaclue, That range is still pretty broad though. Someone with the same level of responsibility and skill-set could be earning 25% more purely because they've negotiated harder or the boss likes them for some un-meritocratic (is that actually a word!) reason.
Softy some companies I have worked for didn't even apply the same increase in % to all the salaries. Pay rise were done on an ad hoc basis, different from one person to the other. Result: on a group of 7 people doing exactly the same job, there was a VAST variation of wages.
It was all done behind back, some of sort of review of performance where you never got any feedback from and that was it....
Transparency? there was none of it.
And yes it was also a 'big' multinational company....
oh - and yes from different starting salaries, although graduates start on a set level and have set pay increases per professional exam passed. I was on more than colleagues at my level because i) I came in from another firm as a qualified and you alway have to pay more to get someone in, and ii) I negotiated the pay rise I mentioned above.
About 3 years ago I was paid about the same for my 20 hours as a colleague who was working 30 hours.
graduates start on a set level and have set pay increases per professional exam passed Leaving aside the non-graduates and post-graduates for a moment, at least the playing field's level for graduates starting out.
Do you think this approach encourages ambitious employees to work harder and more effectively towards the company's aims? Or does it make colleagues more competitive against each other?