Grading structures

Sheila Attwood Editor's message: In a pay and grading structure, jobs are placed in order of hierarchy and arranged into a series of grades, with salaries attached to each grade. Having a clear grading structure helps to provide a logical basis for objective decisions about pay and progression. Although some smaller employers may decide that it is unnecessary to develop a formal grading structure, it is nonetheless useful for them to clarify the rationale on which decisions about the relative value of jobs and how they are rewarded are made.

Some organisations have different grading structures in place for different types of job roles, but the employer needs to keep a watchful eye over the risk of equal pay issues where this is the case.

Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice

Latest items in Grading structures

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    Type:
    Employment law manual

    An explanation of police officers' unique status and an overview of police pay and conditions. We also look at the key regulations affecting police terms and conditions.

  • Pay and grading structures survey 2015

    Date:
    20 November 2015
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    The 2015 survey of pay and grading structures looks at the type of structures in use and how they are designed.

  • How to introduce and review a pay and grading structure

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on introducing and reviewing a pay and grading structure, including single grade structures; narrow grade structures; broadbanding; job families; and career families.

  • Civil service pay scheme linked to age was discriminatory, finds ECJ

    Date:
    11 August 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    In DLA Piper's latest case report, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that a pay scheme for civil servants that determined their level of pay by reference to their age at the time of recruitment was in breach of EU discrimination law.

  • Grading structure

    Type:
    Employment glossary

    Definition from the XpertHR glossary.

  • Whole job analysis

    Type:
    Employment glossary

    Definition from the XpertHR glossary.

  • Grade drift

    Type:
    Employment glossary

    Definition from the XpertHR glossary.

  • Rank order

    Type:
    Employment glossary

    Definition from the XpertHR glossary.

  • Introducing a competency-based pay and grading structure at the Scout Association

    Date:
    11 May 2012
    Type:
    Case studies

    Clear aims and strict adherence to timeframes enabled the Scout Association to implement a total review of pay and benefits within one year.

  • Reward strategy: what are the benefits of a global approach?

    Date:
    13 April 2012
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    For businesses that have operations in more than one country, managing their global workforce can become a complex task. XpertHR talks to three experts to find out how their organisations manage reward in an international context.