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These Tech Companies Pledge to Pay Fair

Posted on 8.03.2016

It's not a secret that women are, on average, paid less than men but some companies are taking steps to close that wage gap.

GoDaddy, for instance, has joined the federal "Fair Pay Pledge," an initiative aimed at closing the gender pay gap between men and women in the United States. It has committed to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations; reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers; and embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives. 

Buffer has also signed the pledge, but that should come as little surprise to anyone following its business practices. Buffer is perhaps one of the most transparent companies around thanks to its salary calculator that takes a base pay for a position and then adds to that base pay on experience and location. Additionally, Buffer lets employees choose whether they would like a high or low-risk situation, in terms of either more salary but less equity or less salary but more equity. 

Other tech companies to sign the federal Equal Pay Pledge include Accenture, Airbnb, Amazon, Glassdoor, Salesforce and Slack. 

Salesforce, for example, assessed the salaries of global employees and spent nearly $3 million dollars to eliminate any statistically significant differences in pay. Moving forward, Salesforce plans to monitor and review salaries on an ongoing basis—making equal pay a part of its company’s DNA. 

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