Fair Pay: How to Get a Raise, Close the Wage Gap, and Build Stronger Businesses


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Harper Business
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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

David Buckmaster is a Director of Global Compensation. He has led teams responsible for compensation design and equitable pay practices all over the world at companies like Nike, Starbucks, KFC, and Pizza Hut. A graduate of the University of Florida, he was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Bracken Bower Prize, given to emerging business writers under the age of thirty-five. Buckmaster lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon. This is his first book.


"We have spent a generation laboring under the strange delusion that pay increases would impoverish the country. Fair Pay is both a corrective, but more interestingly, an insiders' account of the complexities inherent in how corporations really think about pay. Fascinating and essential reading for any economic reformer, or for that matter, anyone who earns a paycheck."--Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness and The Attention Merchants
"David Buckmaster describes why the current system of pay is broken and what to do about it. Fair Pay is a timely and important call to action, especially for business leaders whose workers make too little to make ends meet."--Zeynep Ton, MIT Sloan School of Management and Good Jobs Institute
"Take it from an insider: companies don't compete for wages; they coordinate, making sure that employees are left in the dark. While most people may prefer not to know how sausages are made, knowing how wages are made is crucial for every employee. A must-read for employees and policy makers who believe that reforming the system remains possible."--Katharina Pistor, author of The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
"Buckmaster packs his work with insight, and delivers his message in a charming, funny tone... This layperson's guide will be a boon to anyone looking to understand the forces behind how that number got on their W-2."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In order to know your worth, you need to know how comp works. Anyone who reads this book is in for a treat. David Buckmaster's unique insight as a corporate pay leader teaches us what the person on the other side of the pay negotiation table is really thinking, and how to make sure you get what you deserve."--Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid
Fair Pay . . . offer[s] deeply informed insight into how companies set pay rates . . . A thought-provoking counterpoint to typical fair-pay books.--Booklist