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Just Wage Forum 2021

Criterion 7: Wage Considers Performance, Qualification, and Type of Work

A just wage reflects compensation for experience, education, and training; it is informed by regularized and standardized evaluations measuring job performance; and it is part of a wage structure featuring transparent and fair delineations of titles, functions, and job descriptions.

Wage considers performance, qualification, and type of work

Collective bargaining agreements between employers and unions -- representing autoworkers, flight attendants, teachers, or any other group of employees -- often provide detailed job descriptions linked to pay scales rooted in education, experience, and expertise levels. Provisions like these are designed to curb employer favoritism while rewarding employee loyalty and longevity, but it's important to note that not all workers are eligible for union representation, which varies widely by job category and sector.

Some employers practice pay transparency in order to cultivate cultures of trust among their workers. Whole Foods, for example, makes compensation data available to all employees, while technology firms like Buffer practice complete pay transparency by making their wage scale public. Meanwhile, Glassdoor and PayScale contribute to transparency efforts by allowing employees to share salaries anonymously, which website visitors can then use to help determine the competitive pay rate for a job.


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