Graduation cap on money Industries with large gaps between pay and productivity tend to be those where workers have higher rates of college education. (Photo: iStock)

As worker compensation remains flat, the so-called pay-productivity gap is shooting higher. According to a new report from the Society for Human Resources Management the largest increases in productivity without any corresponding increase in pay were mostly tech-related industries. Those industries also experienced the largest amounts of growth over the past few decades. Industries which have experienced relatively little growth during the same time period experienced smaller pay-productivity gaps, with both productivity and pay remaining flat or increasing at similar rates.

“The gap between worker compensation and productivity now as wide as it ever has been, with little indication that the trend will reverse course,” the report’s authors write.



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