Job evaluation

Sheila Attwood Editor's message: Regardless of the size or sector of a workplace, decisions need to be taken about the relative value of jobs and the reward they should attract. Carrying out a job evaluation exercise provides an employer with a hierarchy of jobs that can be used as the backbone of a pay and grading structure. A job evaluation exercise will provide transparency around how an organisation values jobs and relates them to the market, which in turn will enable it to demonstrate fairness in pay.

Carrying out a job evaluation can also provide some protection against equal pay claims when the right sort of scheme is used, and make it easier for an employer to carry out an equal pay audit.

Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice

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