Pay Attitudes and Pay Satisfaction

  • Michael White


The psychological structure of pay attitudes may be derived from the theory of the employment attitude system. It has five main features:
  1. (i)

    Pay attitudes do not comprise a unitary structure but a multistructure; there is no single criterion which integrates all aspects of pay attitudes.

  2. (ii)

    Pay attitudes are hierarchically structured.

  3. (iii)

    The explanation of a given pay attitude generally involves many other pay attitudes; pay attitude systems are multivariable.

  4. (iv)

    Pay satisfaction is equivalent to a general evaluation of pay.

  5. (v)

    Pay attitudes are in general unconnected with intentions, preferences and choices, but in specific cases links may arise, through features of the situation.



Labour Market Social Relativism Social Comparison Calculative Rationality Economic Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael White
    • 1
  1. 1.Policy Studies Institute, and Research AssociateAshridge Management CollegeUK

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