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Are You Underpaid? Now There's An App For That

A new app allows employees to post their salaries on a map, along with their gender, ages, average commute times and other details, either anonymously or publicly. Let the 21st Century salary transparency games begin!

Like Glassdoor, the new app Wagespot is a way to find out how much people earn, and where. Wagespot's founders are calling it a "Zillow for salary data."

The data are only beginning to emerge, since the app was launched on Tuesday. Bottom line, though: It's getting harder for companies to keep a lid on salary and benefits information in our "sharing economy."

Not only do we have salary-sharing apps such as Glassdoor and Wagespot, we also have "anonymous intra-messenger" apps such as Memo for venting and sharing all kinds of office gossip.

In fact, a new Adecco work trends study finds 65% of job seekers "frequently or sometimes" scan job listings via their mobile devices. A growing number of recruiters are mobile friendly these days, too.

Not surprisingly, some companies aren't always giving this newfangled workplace transparency a thumb's up.

The question is, will managers be forced into dreaded compensation conversations, or are many employees still in a Great Recession state of mind -- meaning they won't broach the topic for fear of losing their jobs?

Here is where we were economically, exactly seven years ago today. The S & P ended down 500 points, and international banks were making emergency rate cuts, among other dire economic measures.

Given the long, hard slog the last seven years have been employment-wise, many employees may not feel brave enough to raise the topic of a raise. Yet. For now, they're simply doing their research, keeping an eye on the job market, and networking, networking, networking.

Like Zillow can instantly connect potential home buyers with local real estate agents who can show them a listing, Wagespot hopes to connect interested, potential job seekers with local recruiters who can show them to their new, corner office.

So, there it is: Real estate meets job market online, cherry-picking our best, app-savvy talent right and left. No word on whether there's a "swipe left" feature for employers, though.


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