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11/17/2009

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So true and timely! If you paid someone a US salary in some locations, they would live like kings while some of your local folks can barely make ends meet. A word of caution, however: I once worked with a team in a country where everyone earned on average 20% below HQ and they found out about it. Lots of HR activity ensued and an equity adjustment soon followed.

I think you really need to understand that each country is unique, before you can grasp that pay equity stops at the border. Even attempts to provide balance through Total Rewards (vs. basic pay)fail to consider all the complexities at play.

Sigh. We are a simple people, always trying to simplify and boil things down to the basics. If only the world operated that way - wouldn't that be nice?

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