Salary Transparency – a Delicate Taboo Topic

July 11, 2022

What I don’t know won’t hurt me – an analysis

Randstad US carried out a comprehensive salary study in 2020 and found that, more than ever, employees do not want to talk about their salary and the trend – probably due to the pandemic – even increased from 76% in 2019 to 78% in 2020. Interestingly, there has been a trend on TikTok in Germany since the beginning of 2021, where young people hold their pay slips in front of the camera – accompanied by music with “This is Germany Baby”, an adaptation of the Childish-Gambino hit “This is America”. then followed up with a survey and, lo and behold, around 70% of those surveyed have so far refused to treat their pay slips in such a revealing way – the figures are consistent with the above mentioned most recent study from the USA.