Good morning!

Let’s start off with a question, do you earn a fair salary?

I bet you’ve had at least one job where you’ve wondered that question. I should think everyone in the world has questioned if their salary compensates the work they’ve provided.

Society has historically treated salaries as a taboo topic. Which isn’t exactly very logical, if a company pays a fair wage, why hide it? Publishing and promoting that information would enable its employees to understand the value of their work for the company.

However, the world doesn’t work this way. Oftentimes your salary not only depends on your professional skills, but demand, ability to negotiate and deal with people. It’s quite common to find two people, doing the same job, earning different salaries. When this happens, it’s probably better to keep salaries a secret to avoid conflict.

But, times are changing.

Last summer an employee from Google decided to share a spreadsheet between workmates in which every employee wrote their salary. The first conclusion drawn was that men were paid more than women.

A similar spreadsheet recently emerged revealing developer salaries across the EU.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a more “official” source you may be interested in the research driven by which features some interesting figures like the average software engineer salary in different countries adjusted for cost living in SF.

Finally, we also can’t fail to mention Buffer here, who take company transparency to a whole new level, and who have a public list of their employee’s and their wages.

From developers to developers, welcome to DevCraft #19.

Remote Working

9 Tips for Working While You Travel
The Help Scout blog is already a common recommendation in DevCraft. In this article they have some tips for those remote workers who don’t like to stay at home.

Culture, Tools and Resources

The Peter Principle
The Peter principle is a concept in management theory. It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their incompetence”.

Work for Tokens and Help to Build an Open Company
A very nice concept to create open companies, where you perform the work you enjoy in exchange for tokens of the company. Colony defines themselves as the ‘infrastructure for the future of work: self-organizing companies that run via software, not paperwork‘.

Keybase Launches Encrypted Git
Git isn’t just coding version control anymore. People use Git to store documents, university notes, blogs, and so in this context, an encrypted version is a good idea.

Android Battery
I’ve written so many posts complaining about the battery duration of smartphones, that I can not imagine introducing yet another post. Please, somebody, fix the problem with batteries. (Meanwhile, Google has released a great tool to study how your battery is drained before you arrive home).

iOS 11 Free Icons
A free set of iOS 11 icons for developers.


The Mysterious Life of Developers

Awesome Kickstarter Project – Remote Control Paper Plane

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See you next week!