If you haven't seen it already, have a look of the list of the BBCs top earners here which has been revealed today. When you have a scan through, there are few surprises and, on the basis I can't find any other criteria for differentials the pay must be based on the propensity for being sanctimonious.
Now, I don't know if I'm alone in finding the revealing of pay in such a public way slightly unnerving? It's not that I'm particularly bothered about the sensitivities of such wealthy people (although Mr Lineker may wish to not look at his Twitter account for a little while) but there does seem something intrusive about the whole reveal. Mind you, it will be interesting to watch the One Show tonight to see if the fact that we now know (as they do) that Matt Baker and Alex Jones are paid at different levels adds to the show's frisson.
However, it did get me thinking about the advantages that might exist if we introduced a law in the UK which required all employers to reveal the wages of all employees. The law already ensures that an employer can not actively prevent employees from finding out each other's wages but what impact might a statutory reveal of pay have on labour markets in the UK?
In short, other than my, perhaps, overtly British sense of lack of comfortableness with pay reveals are there any arguments against pay transparency?
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