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Publicizing salaries 2

Could you imagine having the ability to find out the salary of any friend, co-worker or relative? Or anybody else in your country?

In Finland, tax information is public, so every year when last year’s tax records become public there is a mad rush of people snooping on their friends and family to see what they earned last year. There is even a company that offers a service where you can receive income details on every person in Finland via mobile text message.

On one hand I think it would be interesting to have access to this information, but on the other hand you are probably better off not knowing, because you will most likely be jealous or offended when you come across someone who makes a lot more than you think they should be making. But you’d probably be surprised when looking at it; People can hide what they make very well by either living a lavish lifestyle on credit, or living a humble lifestyle on a large salary with stacks of cash in the bank.

  • scarbs

    I think its a horrible idea, it can only cause problems!!

    But I must admit, I would love to know how much some people make…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06156206218718345279 E-Speed

    probably not a great idea, but it would be nice to know what coworkers make to wage how much your company really “values” you.