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Yes, it does. If that is the reason, then what is the motivation for the employees? Explaining why employers want employees to keep it secret doesn't help, because it is the employees keeping it secret that we are talking about. You need to explain why the employees are keeping it secret, given that you've effectively described why employees would not want to keep it secret.

(I'm not saying there isn't such a motivation. Clearly something is at work here. I'm saying you're explaining the motivation of the wrong set of actors.)

It is usually against the company's policy, and sometimes you have to sign some kind of NDA about it. But it's also providing a kind of "comfort zone" to the employees - if you don't speak about it you assume everybody makes almost the same as you so you don't worry about it. Most people don't like changes, and finding that you are underpaid makes you worry about searching another job (where you could be underpaid again, as it's even harder to find the payscale from the outside).

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