Frequently Asked Questions

The Emolument Process

What am I going to get from Emolument?

Privacy & confidentiality concerns

Understanding reports and the data


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The Emolument Process

What is Emolument and how does it work?

Emolument is a free and trusted crowdsourced salary-benchmarking tool for thousands of professionals worldwide who use Emolument reports to negotiate a salary raise, evaluate an offer of employment, make a key career decision, or change geographical location. 


Where does the data come from?

Directly from professionals. In line with our free 'contribute-to-consume' model, professionals enter their own data on They are then emailed login details are are free to browse through hundreds of Emolument job, employer and alumni reports, from our extensive library.

How long will it take me to enter my data?

3-5 minutes approximately.

Do I access the data straight away?

Yes. Just go to your inbox right after filling in the survey. Retrieve your login details and log straight into the system to see where you stand and start finding the answers to your questions.

Should I enter my data a second time if I want to benchmark myself against another job?

No. The platform is designed so that you will be benchmarked against every new report you choose to look at. Your personal gauge will always be at the top of every single report. Entering the data a second time will trigger a termination of your entry. We have made it simple for you. Enjoy it!


What am I going to get from Emolument?

What do I receive in exchange for my data?

Your job/university/employer benchmarking for free. You can browse all locations and all levels of seniority within your activity, as well as slice and dice each report using dynamic filters. We hope you find our service so useful and interesting that you feel compelled to share it with your peers as more data makes for better data.

How long will I retain my free access to the site?

For 1 year. After 1 year, or whenever your salary/job change, simply refresh your data and you are all set for another year!


Privacy & confidentiality concerns

By becoming an Emolument user, I am giving you sensitive data: how comfortable should I feel?

Entirely. In line with the Data Protection Act 1998, individual entries will never be passed on to a third party. Job reports are structured so that it is impossible to identify individual users: entries are always aggregated as a minimum of 5. Your data is always anonymised.

Why do you ask for my employer's name?

It is key for us to have your employer's name as it enables us to process entries more accurately, thereby keeping the database clean and providing you with worthwhile statistics. It also allows us to create your 'Employer' report, on top of your Job and Alumni reports. Remember, data is always anonymised and always shown as a cluster, so you can never be identified.

Are you going to sell my data?

We won't sell your individual entry. We may sell statistics based on your entry and many others as aggregated data sets. Your details are not passed on to third parties. Ever. Our users would never trust us again if we did and trust is what our platform is based on.

How does Emolument make money?

Various channels: showing relevant targeted advertising and job ads on our website or in our newsletter; providing organisations with white-label surveys through our platform; creating a premium offering for our users with extra features. Nothing sinister.


Understanding reports and the data

How relevant is the data?

We define every job category very precisely and carefully with the help of industry insiders. Users find their job descriptions with ease, drilling down to a highly granular combination of activity, location and title which is entirely relevant to them. If this is not yet available, we will point users to their industry report. This in turn allows us to compute statistics with unparalleled relevance too. We are constantly refining our categories and we welcome any feedback and comments on how to further improve them.

I can't find my exact title. Why do you have standardised titles?

Each industry and each company uses different seniority titles. As we think it's a really poor idea to give you endless lists to choose from, which are confusing and spread the data thinly on the ground rather than give you statistically sound deep buckets, we prefer to identify standard titles per activity and let you pick one which makes sense in reference to your seniority. For example, if we show you level 1= analyst to level 5= Managing Director, you should be able to grade your own title in relation to ours.

How up-to-date is the data?

Emolument reports are live: they are instantly updated as soon as a new contribution is validated and released into the database. Reports can be filtered by year should users wish to view only the most current statistics. New entries into any given report can also be flagged by email alerts, allowing users to browse the most up-to-date data as soon as it is available.

How do you know the data users give you is real?

Upon submission, new entries are queried by dozens of automated algorithms which flag obviously flawed submissions. Remaining entries are then queued in order to be individually reviewed by our specially trained team of experts. They benchmark each entry against sets of existing Emolument data, and scan them for inconsistencies; should they not pass our stringent examination process, they are immediately terminated. 

Why does my report start by showing me data across all titles and locations? It doesn't make sense!

When you view our data, we will always start by showing you results across all titles and location because we want you to have the freedom to zoom in on whichever data is most relevant to you. You should then first select a title, so that you can move on to the next page which will show you the difference in pay for locations across the selected title(s). You should then pick one or more locations. These 2 steps will then take you to the full relevant data set. The filtering for this 2-step process will only work provided there is enough data in the selected categories.

Why are reports only published once they have 25 underlying data points?

Reports start off showing data at a fairly high level: all titles across all locations. The first data set you will see will be a split by title as long as there is a minimum of 5 entries per title, which will give a good taster of the market, albeit not statistically stable yet, but our view is 'better than nothing'! At 25 entries, not all filters by title and location will be available yet, so bear with us as we continue to build the data set and spread the word!

Why don't you take benefits (pensions, company car, etc..) into account?

We understand benefits are an important part of remuneration. However, benefits tend to be entirely company specific and therefore would really skew the picture when it comes to looking at an industry or degree across all employers. We felt it made more sense for our users to look at transparent numbers and add the benefits they would expect from a specific employer to their benchmarking. And it's also a few more questions you don't have to fill in on our questionnaire!


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