Ian Lim quoted in ST: “I am paid this much, what about you?”

TSMP Law Corporation head of employment and labour Ian Lim was quoted in an article published by the Straits Times on 15 November 2021, on the topic of salary disclosures. 

Ian said that in Singapore, there are no laws stopping companies from barring employees from disclosing their salaries.

He added, companies that impose gag orders against such disclosures in their employment contracts or company handbooks can enforce disciplinary measures against, or even dismiss, employees who share their pay details with others.

However, most companies do not impose such pay confidentiality clauses, he said.

He also said “A lot of people actually don’t openly discuss their pay with their colleagues. Asians have traditionally found it difficult to ask for pay raises. More often than not, they would just vote with their feet,” “This is beginning to change though.”


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