What is Paywizard.co.uk?

What is Paywizard.co.uk and how it can help you. Know more about Paywizard.co.uk.

Most people in the UK don't know how much other people earn. We at PayWizard don't think that this is a very satisfactory situation. After all, if you don't know how much someone else is getting paid for doing the same job as you, how do you know you're being fairly paid? This is particularly true for working women. We've all heard about the 'gender pay gap', the gulf between men and women's pay which persists in spite of 40 years of equal pay legislation, but what can you actually do about it? Well, for a start, use the Wizard yourself and see what it has to say about you.

Are you paid what you're worth?

The idea behind this website is simple enough. It allows you to compare your pay with the wages of other people doing a similar job, while sparing your blushes at having to pop the question to the person next to you. It's not just sheer nosiness. If you're preparing to talk about pay with your employer, wouldn't it be handy to know how much other people doing the same thing earned in other companies? And what if you're thinking of changing direction in your career? One thing that will almost certainly be on your mind is whether there's a pay rise or pay cut awaiting you. PayWizard lets you look at pay rates for hundreds of different jobs in all walks of life - private sector, public sector and not-for-profit. All for free.


How does it work?

PayWizard is part of an international research network. The project started four years ago in the Netherlands as a tool set up by the FNV trade union and the University of Amsterdam to help women compare their earnings with those of men doing similar work. It has since grown into a free service available to, and used by, people in all manner of jobs - nurses, bankers and lathe operators alike. Now it is in 70 countries. The system in each country is the same. Together a national trade union organisation and a research institute set up and maintain a website. in the UK the partners are the TUC - the Trades Union Congress - and Incomes Data Services, the UKs leading employment research organisation.


So far so good. But where does all this wonderful pay information come from?

This is where you come in. PayWizard relies on people in all parts of the country, in all sorts of different jobs, to give us information about their employment conditions. There are a couple of things you should know about this: the data is completely anonymous and we won't ask you the name of your employer. All you need to do is fill in the online survey. It won't take you more than 10 minutes. In return for letting us know about one person's pay, yours, you get to find out about thousands of other people's pay. We think it's a good deal.


Why should I bother?

You might be an enlightened soul who agrees that PayWizard is simply a good thing for both the working people who use the site and for the researchers who interpret the results. We could remind you that PayWizard is a radically new way of doing international social science research and will help researchers and policy makers get a clearer idea of what goes on in the real labour market, not just in the UK but around the world. Or we could point out that, unlike other similar services, the pay information you give us is scientifically weighted and cleaned up before being fed into a database, meaning that you get more reliable information coming out. We might even be able to sway you by telling you that one lucky participant will win a wage in our prize draw. But no, we'll stick with the simple motto: knowledge is power. The more you know about what other people are paid, the more likely it is that you'll be earning what you're worth. So get involved now by taking the online survey.