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VMware will reportedly reduce salaries of permanent remote workers

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VMware is among an expanding pool of technology companies that will allow its employees to work from home on a permanent basis.

However, according to a Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report, if staff decide to move out of Silicon Valley and into a less expensive area, they will be asked to accept a pay cut.

The premise works both ways, however. Remote workers (opens in new tab) that decide to move to Silicon Valley or another expensive location can expect their pay packets to increase in value.

The extent of the pay shift will vary, depending on where workers decide to move. For example, moving to Denver could mean an 18 percent cut, while moving to Los Angeles or San Diego could mean a lesser 8 percent cut.

It also appears VMware will not be the only company to adopt this approach, with both Facebook and Twitter looking into similar policies. 

A Twitter spokesperson recently said the company has a “competitive” approach to localizing compensation. Facebook, on the other hand, has stated on multiple occasions that employee salaries are subject to change, depending on location.

According to Bill McDermott, ServiceNow CEO, the approach makes a lot of sense.

“I don’t believe we should have an environment where management is not involved with those determinations, because what you could get into here is a situation where employees then become the decision-maker in working literally from anywhere, and you would have a hard time organizing and holding together a culture if that was the case,” he said in a recent interview.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.