Would you want to know what your co-workers are being paid?

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Last week, a former employee of Google shared the salaries of employees who had voluntary given her the information in a bid to ensure fair pay for all.  Managing Director Neal Lucas spoke on BBC Ulster’s Evening Extra on the topic of openness and transparency and whether knowing your colleagues’ salary is a good thing.

Speaking to presenter Seamus McKee, Neal said “The best companies are open and transparent, in terms of their strategies, their processes and structures and of course the subject of pay comes into that too, so transparency is certainly to be applauded.’

‘Smaller companies, however, can benefit from not having to be bound to transparency when it comes to employee pay packets.  While two people may be doing the same job, with the same title, same skills and experience, one may be of more value to the company, worth more and therefore paid more.  While the other employee may not deem this as fair, it is actually very fair.’

‘I don’t think it is necessary for employees to share their salaries with one another, I think good employees are people who seek to prove their worth and strive to be the best and it is up to the company to explain discrepancy in pay and the onus is on the individual to improve.’

You can listen to the full interview here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b062mkw5#play