How Google controls for gender (and race sort of) to ensure fair pay to all

Pretty fascinating blog post by Google where they talk about how they ensure that men and women get equal pay for the same role:

each year, we suggest an amount for every employee’s new compensation (consisting of base salary, bonus and equity) based on role, job level, job location as well as current and recent performance ratings. This suggested amount is “blind” to gender; the analysts who calculate the suggested amounts do not have access to employees’ gender data.


Our pay equity model then looks at employees in the same job categories, and analyzes their compensation to confirm that the adjusted amount shows no statistically significant differences between men’s and women’s compensation.

Of course this still doesn’t handle promotions and the percentage of women in tech roles, but at least it’s a start. They offer their model up for anyone to use. The blog post is worth a read if you’re interested in this topic.

And they say:

In fact, we recently expanded the analysis to cover race in the US.

Which seems a few years behind, but again, at least they’re there now. In the US, which I think is all we can realistically expect. I would imagine that if they were controlling for race internationally it could get pretty challenging the cost of living and fair salaries in some places (i.e. India) are very different than others (i.e. Switzerland).

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