The politics of pay transparency in design | by Mohana Das | Sep, 2021


Design capitalist or communist — where do you stand?

Mohana Das
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“If salary bands are revealed, companies will stop offering lucrative packages to poach quality talent.”

“Transparency will eventually lead to standardisation. Design will become like a government job. Why should I work hard, or up my game, in that case? What happens to healthy competition and merit?”

Privileged, much?

Stunted growth

“Hiding salaries only benefits employers, while keeping employees in the dark about significant pay gaps in the industry.”

“When I was a rookie designer, I had no idea how much salary I could ask for. If things are out in the open, I’ll know if I’m being underpaid.”

But, where is the context?

Murdering motivation



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