Most employees don’t want to know how much their colleagues earn
60% of interviewed employees in Latvia don’t know how much their colleagues earn, according to information from CV Market’s recent survey.
In the survey titled ‘Do you know how much your colleagues earn?’ 33% of respondents said they don’t know and don’t want to know, 27% of respondents said they don’t know but would like to know how much their colleagues earn. 28% of respondents said they know how much their colleagues earn. 12% mentioned they are well informed because their company has a transparent pay system.
The survey also reveals that among the employees who do not want to know about their colleagues’ wages, the majority are men aged at least 35. Among the employees who don’t know how much their colleagues earn but would like to know, most are young women. Most employees who know how much their colleagues earn are women aged up to 35.
Employees who know the pay level of their co-workers, most work in sales, trading and construction industry. Of the people who are not interested in their colleagues’ wage level represent marketing, advertisement, public relations, processing and manufacturing industries. Those people also often work in management. According to CV Market personnel selection manager Kristaps Kolosovs, secrecy in matters of payment is a common practice, because often employees are offered different wages for the same job depending on their previous experience, education and other aspects.
«Employers often ask their employees to keep their wages a secret, saying that information like that could cause tension among colleagues,» Kolosovs notes.
He also said that often the lack of transparency is noted in companies that lack personnel motivation systems. ‘In such cases the management does not want to create misunderstandings among employees because of different wages,’ said Kolosovs.