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Employees would take a look at colleagues payslips given a chance

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One in six employees admit they would take a sneaky look at a colleague's payslip if no one was looking.

According to research from the Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP) more than one in six  employees (15%) said they would read a colleague’s payslip if they found it on their desk and were confident that no one was watching them.

Other statistics reveal nearly one in five  workers (18%) discuss their salary with their colleagues and more than half (53%) talk about how much they get paid outside of the workplace with friends and family.

Elaine Gibson, senior policy and research officer for the IPP, said: "Talking about how much money one makes is usually a social taboo in the workplace and most of the time there is an implicit understanding amongst colleagues not to their discuss salaries.

"Many organisations discourage workers from talking about their pay, some even going as far to implement clauses into employment contracts requiring confidentiality on pay.

"However, this will all change in October when the Equality Act 2010 will ban ‘gagging’ clauses which forbid staff members from comparing their pay levels with other employees.

"This will hopefully make organisations’ pay structures more transparent and will expose the pay gaps between employees who perform the same roles, especially in the cases of gender and disability-based inequality of pay."