1. Why do you think that startups are taking steps to address salary inequality?
“I partially think that this is because of the age demographic of founders of newer companies and them wanting to correct things that they have seen in business before. Also, they don’t hopefully need to fix anything in equal pay – as they can do it from the start.”
2. And what impact do you think that paying fairly at graduate level will have on the future of salary inequality?
“I hope that it means people will be paid fairer – there is a theory that women are less likely to negotiate than men, so men can earn more because they push for it, but if women are paid the same from the off hopefully they will go for the same money because of what they have previously been on.”
3. Finally, what steps do you think businesses can take to address unequal pay at a junior level?
“We have a banding system here at Airsorted, so all roles have a fixed salary. It does not matter whether male or female, the colour of your skin or whether you have a disability, this is what we pay. Therefore there cannot be any bias!”
What we are doing to tackle graduate salary inequality
It’s clear from speaking to Airsorted that many startups are taking steps to address the issue, by being transparent about salary from graduate level.
This is something we are very passionate about ourselves – and here at Give a Grad a Go we are actively trying to combat the issue of salary inequality in our office.
We are addressing salary inequality at graduate level by:
- Creating an environment where people feel they can speak openly about salary
- Conducting frequent pay reviews
- Openly addressing the issue – taking steps to offer development opportunities, autonomy and flexibility
- Setting up graduate mentoring schemes – to encourage the conversation about salary to take place
By being transparent about salary at graduate level and implementing long-term changes to work culture, businesses can begin to address the issue now – and inspire positive change in the future.
According to our recent salary survey, providing equal salaries for similar positions is the number one change graduates think employers can make to build an inclusive workplace.
If you would like any further information on graduate starting salaries, please get in touch.