Salesforce beats banks to top UK exec salary survey while Microsoft drops out of league

Come for the 'ohana', stay for the massive piles of cash


Salesforce has topped a survey of UK executive salaries with median earnings of around £100,000 per annum, beating investment bank Man Group and consultancy Kearney to the top spot.

The SaaSy CRM company, which makes a big deal of allegedly world-improving "stakeholder capitalism" and "ohana" (the Hawaiian concept of family), obviously feels the need to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to competing for executive talent.

The survey was carried out in the United Kingdom by pay-and-workplace comparison site Glassdoor, which also lists Facebook (median total compensation of £86,423), VMware (£86,625), and data analytics and ML company G-Research (£86,625).

Spotify (£83,500), ServiceNow (£80,104), and SAP (£77,615) are the other tech firms to make the top 25.

Amanda Stansell, a Glassdoor data scientist, said the increasing presence of tech firms in the top 25 might be down to a "shortage in specialist skills such as data science and software engineering," presumably shortly before scanning down the list to see how she might improve her own salary.

The research data comes from Glassdoor users who reported their UK-based salaries between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021. Only companies with at least 30 salary reports attributed to them can be included. So maybe some tech firm employees just don't bother with Glassdoor.

Still, the result might come as an embarrassment to Microsoft, which last year ranked at number three, and this year was not in the result at all. Neither were Oracle, AWS, or Google. At these esteemed companies, we can only assume people are happy to turn up for the free M&Ms, polo shirts, and dog walking. ®


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