News reports circulated last week of a Big Tech company developing a pay calculator for its US employees which determines pay by location and could cut the pay of those working from home.
It was reported that other Big Tech companies in the US, as well as the UK Civil Service, are also considering offering less pay to employees based in locations where it is less expensive to live or who choose to work permanently from home.
We look at what this trend could mean for UK workers and how easy it might be for UK employers to follow Big Tech’s lead.
As we emerge from a prolonged period of working from home for most office workers, employers are considering what working practices they will adopt going forward – be that returning to the office, wholly remote working or a hybrid of the two – and the implications.
Some employees may be prepared to take a pay cut in return for long-term home working. Others, including many managers, will favour a full return to the office and are unlikely to accept a pay cut.