Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I work in the HR/payroll department of a large organisation.

I've just joined and, while processing salaries, have noticed quite large differences between what men and women earn for the same job title. I haven't raised the matter with anyone but I'm shocked, as, in my previous company, salary scales were equal and transparent. I don't know what to do about it.

A: When you joined this department, you'll undoubtedly have been told that all the information to which you would have necessary access is confidential - and under no circumstances to be revealed to other parties. It's probably enshrined in your contract, which you willingly signed. This being the case, you obviously can't quote specific numbers and salary disparities between men and women doing the same job - even to your line manager.

But since yours is a large organisation, it presumably has staff clubs or union representation, or other regular opportunities for raising questions and concerns with senior management. And you're entirely entitled to ask about company policy on salary scales and transparency.

Before you start on some small crusade, however - which may well earn you the reputation of being a bit of a trouble-maker - do be scrupulously careful not to jump to indignant conclusions. …

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