Job seekers

Better wage transparency by employers, making a difference for local job seekers

COLORADO SPRINGS – Next time you’re looking for a job here in Colorado, take a closer look at the job posting and see if the salary meets your expectations. Employers here in our state are fined if they don’t provide this pay transparency. As of 2021, this is the law and standard in our state.

“I was at a point where not only was I starting a family, but I was looking for a career change and something stable and concrete. So, I was looking for my career, my official career. I was a serial job hopper for a while,” said Drew Moreno, who just wrapped up an intense job search.

He now works at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to help others do the same.

“There were a few candidates coming in who didn’t speak English. I am bilingual myself and being able to help the community in this way, this experience going forward propels me even more day to day,” said Moreno.

He says Colorado’s requirement for employers to post the salary for every job he applied for completely changed his approach and willingness to apply for more challenging jobs.

“It’s almost taboo,” Moreno said. “When I got advice from people from previous generations like my parents and grandparents, they always said to take what they give you. Be happy to have a job. I had this mindset to move forward. I think with this policy change, I think there’s going to be a change in the way this generation thinks about what you’re worth as a worker.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Colorado’s average hourly wage increased 11.5% between January 2021 (when the Pay Transparency Act began) and May of this year. Other states like California and New York have noticed, following Colorado’s lead, they are two of at least 20 states with some type of pay transparency law in effect.

Leaders at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center say that while some employers were frustrated with having to include pay scales in job postings, many employers are moving on to find out what positions should actually pay.

“We have access to national databases that cover all the different job postings and really give us industry standards. With companies questioning and wondering what they should be paying, giving them the real data really gives them a foot in the door to be able to deliver quality employment,” said Traci Marques, Executive Director and CEO of the Pikes. Peak Workforce Centre. .

While other states seek to duplicate this kind of pay transparency, job seekers believe it’s making a difference here at home.

“I know what they are offering me. I know I can ask for more and if they are unwilling to accommodate, I know there are other options,” Moreno said.

The inspiration and ultimate goal of this pay transparency law in Colorado is to try to close the pay gap for women and minorities.

While a majority of businesses in our state have complied, some are being fined and still not being transparent with pay scales.

If you come across a job posting from a Colorado employer where you believe the pay transparency requirements are not being met, there is a form to report it.

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