Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCorporations · 1 month ago

How do employers justify touting "competitive" wages as a legitimate comparison of pay while condemning wage comparisons among employees?

When employees cite the wages their co-workers earn as a benchmark to compare their wage to, employers denounce it as irrelevant because they claim that every employee is different and they say to mind your own business.

BUT

Somehow, these same employers consider wage comparisons among employees in DIFFERENT COMPANIES as legitimate...they just call it "competitive" wages.

How can they justify their claim that what employees at various different companies earn is more relevant to what one of their employees earn than what their coworkers doing the same job at the same company earn?

How can a company logically use wage comparisons for the industry to tell you "you make enough", while simultaneously telling you that wage comparisons that are objectively more relevant because they do the same job at the same company are irrelevant?

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  • 1 month ago

    They want you to get along at work. 

    Nobody wants a bunch of employees crying that they do not make as much as another employee, each and every person is going to be paid by how much they contribute BUT that is unknown at the time of hiring. At the same time the employer wants you to know your starting wage is going to be better than other places (if it is).

  • 1 month ago

    "How can they justify their claim that what employees at various different companies earn is more relevant to what one of their employees earn than what their coworkers doing the same job at the same company earn?"

    Because it's surmised that the employees at the other companies are like you and your co-workers:- some are exceptional, some are in the wrong job, some are in the right job but still need development, some are lazy and could do the work and don't, etc.

    So it's not relevant for your specific company because your company might have an abundance of people in a specific group that skew the numbers. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "How can a company logically use wage comparisons for the industry to tell you "you make enough", while simultaneously telling you that wage comparisons that are objectively more relevant because they do the same job at the same company are irrelevant?"  

    They don't.  That's just a euphemism for "you're nothing special and we'd rather replace you than pay you more."   

    Pay negotiations usually don't take that route if an employer is serious about retaining that particular employee EVEN IF they aren't going to give them a raise at that moment in time.  A very different conversation than the one you describe occurs.  

  • 1 month ago

    Personal info is just that - personal! MYOB. Wage comparison studies do not invade any individual's privacy since they aggregate data to get a range of hi-lo & average.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    'Competitive' is a meaningless term. It's just an indication that they are embarrassed to quote what the pay actually is 

  • 1 month ago

    Of course we look at other local wages when setting our wages. DUH! If we paid less, we wouldn't get help. If we pay much more, the other company will beat us on price of their products. 

  • 1 month ago

    Doublespeak.  They want to benefit from their hypocrisy.  It should be illegal for companies to require that employees do not discuss and compare salary or benefits.

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