Whenever I see people who obviously work far harder than me (I’m in a 10-20h week I’d say, with a few big spike weeks in a year) but earn far less, I realize I have no clue how the economy works. Apparently I’m nearly an order of magnitude more valuable than an honest service worker working 40h/week at minimum wage.
@vgr Adam Smith's 5 factors are worth consideering:
> First, the agreeableness or disagreeableness of the employments themselves; secondly, the easiness and cheapness, or the difficulty and expense of learning them; thirdly, the constancy or inconstancy of employment in them; fourthly, the small or great trust which must be reposed in those who exercise them; and, fifthly, the probability or improbability of success in them.
@vgr Also note that Smith argues that "A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him", and that employers have inherent and unfair advantages.
Also that the market's notion of exchange value is not necessarily fair, equitable, or fully reflective of real costs.
@britt @bueno people keep suggesting using refactorings/ribbonfarm as a sort of hub for generating and directing leads to people. If I knew how to operationalize that, I would. We do have this server for which we're paying $20/mo anyway, so I'm open to bright ideas. A single-page that pulls from hashtag here like #gigwanted or #gigavailable maybe?
@vgr I think about this a lot. My wife is a teacher (both harder work, and more important, than the software development I do) but gets paid less.
I try to remember that your salary doesn't depend on how hard you work, whether the work you're doing makes the world a better place, or even on how much you contribute to the company's bottom line, but solely on one thing: how hard you would be to replace.
It ain't remotely fair.
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