Why Transparent Pay Scales Matter

by Melanie Rodriguez

What do transparent pay scales, decent work, and Connect Jobs have in common? They all help nonprofits build a healthy workforce. 

Between succession planning, high turnover, and constrained resources, recruiting and retaining top talent is costly and time-consuming. Connect Jobs, a job platform by the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), was set up to help address this challenge. The province-wide platform for the sector, by the sector was designed to help nonprofits recruit top talent in an easy and affordable way. By collaborating across the sector, nonprofit organizations can creatively and effectively respond to pressing demands in the labour force.

But until last week, the sector driven platform was missing something very important: transparent pay scales, a key component of equitable compensation practices and implementing decent work. We know that when our sector’s workers can access decent work, not only do they do well, but organizations are better equipped to meet their missions, and as a result, our communities thrive. 

For this reason ONN made it a requirement that all job postings on Connect Jobs must disclose the pay scale for a position. And the sector reacted, with overwhelming support for  transparent pay scales. 

Many sector professionals said that they not only want transparent pay scales  in job postings but they refuse to work with employers who don’t follow suit. And I don’t blame them. In a sector that pays 28% less than the national average, people need to know upfront if a role fits their financial and career needs.

Whether you are a working mother trying to figure out if you can afford daycare, a new worker trying to afford rent in our increasingly expensive cities, or an established leader planning for retirement, pay level matters and it shouldn’t be kept a surprise until after an interview. This wastes both the job seekers’ and staff’s time. 

More importantly, equitable compensation and decent work practices, such as disclosing pay, can help reduce the gender wage gap and address systemic barriers women who make up 80% of the workforce, especially marginalized women, face in compensation (You can read ONN’s blog to learn more on the benefits of pay transparency.)

Transparent pay scales matters to both nonprofit workers and employers.. We can’t sustain a healthy workforce without it.

 Recruit top talent by prioritizing transparent pay scales today.

Melanie Rodriquez is the Manager of Communications and Network Engagement for the Ontario Nonprofit Network, an MBA Candidate for the Schulich School of Business, and Founder of Capacity Creation. She has worked with over 20 nonprofits globally and has represented youth as Canada’s Head Delegate for the G7 Youth Summit in 2019. 

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