Microsoft to Begin Disclosing Pay for All Jobs

The tech giant is increasing pay transparency.

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Microsoft is also removing noncompete clauses from worker contracts.

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Microsoft will start publicly listing the pay ranges for all jobs advertised at the tech giant in the United States, the company said Thursday.

"Today we're announcing another best practice with our commitment to publicly disclose salary ranges in all of our internal and external job postings across the US, beginning no later than January 2023," Microsoft said in a blog post.

Several years ago, the company prohibited its interviewers from asking applicants their salary history, and since 2014 it's reported annually on its equal pay data.

Expanding on this pay transparency was part of four employee-environment changes unveiled by Microsoft on Thursday. The other three are:

  • Removing noncompetition clauses from its US employee agreements, and not enforcing existing noncompete clauses from today (except for its senior leadership team).
  • Removing confidentiality language prohibiting Microsoft workers from disclosing alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual assault or wage and hour violations.
  • Conducting a civil rights audit on the business.