How to use traffic lights to help make offers fair and competitive

Imagine having your candidate's pay data all in one place and getting insights on your offer - as you're drafting it! With Traffic Lights, Compa's data science engine is churning in the background to help guide you to not only a better offer amount, but an offer that will win!


To get started, navigate to a candidate's detail and click "Create Offer". As you add Pay Elements, the bottom of the offer card will dynamically change the Traffic Lights providing you feedback on your offer (red = bad, yellow = so-so, green = great). To see your pay elements by 1- and 4-year totals, click "Summary" in the bottom left corner.

But wait, how does Compa define those Traffic Light categories?

  • Guideline: Indicates the level of alignment to your company’s guidelines (to the extent your company has them and they've been made available in Compa)

  • Similar Offers: Indicates the level of alignment to offers received by other similar candidates

  • Pay Bias: Indicates the level of pay bias risk based on whether or not the candidate is in a protected group (as gathered from the candidate application's EEOC data - to the extent reported and/or captured, and as available from your ATS)

  • Pay Parity*: Indicates whether the base salary amount entered as part of the candidate offer is within or outside the range of current employee pay; helps combat internal pay compression (currently limited to base salary comparisons only)

  • Win Chances: Indicates the estimated likelihood that the draft offer is a winning offer when compared to the candidate’s pay expectations and current compensation, in addition to competing offers and past winning offers

  • Inversion Check*: Indicates whether the base salary amount entered is below or above that of the candidate's hiring manager


*Pay Parity and Inversion Check are only available for those customers who have worked with Compa to configure the appropriate reporting requirements from their HRIS / HCM.


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