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Chuck's Classic about the dearth of reliable competitive market pay data outside of the US, Canada and probably Australia still holds true.

In Great Britain, even the "public" Crown data on broad job family pay is highly restricted, banned from mechanical/electronic duplication and treated like original artifacts from the Vatican Library. Which reminds me that Italy has no pay surveys; but (like many major nations outside the English-speaking world) the government legislates pay, usually in cooperation with (or obedience to) the trade unions.

In many cultures, pay is so tightly regulated that executives demand bribes to reveal the rates they pay, because the slightest discretionary difference constitutes a competitive advantage that could be lost if exposed to rival employers. The "free and (semi-)open marketplace for labor" is an economic conceit fairly restricted to a very few nations. In most of the world, "you're not in Kansas any more."

Still, there is a continual thirst for pay data, no matter how questionable its reliability. I recall learning that one extremely speculative algorithm-driven occupationally-broad but provenance-thin data source was being used by government contractors to pay local truck drivers bearing AK-47s in distant lands. Reason: it was better than nothing. My response was, "if it was producing low numbers, no one would accept it, so I suppose it so greatly exceeds the actual market-clearing rate that everyone grabs for it, hoping that Uncle Sugar never realizes how high it is."

Remember that there is a general tendency to spend public funds generously on overseas wages, because taxes will always be raised to cover any excessive costs.

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