Editor's message: Regardless of the size and sector of the workplace, your organisation will need to make decisions about the relative value of its jobs and the reward that they should attract. Carrying out a job evaluation exercise provides organisations with a hierarchy of jobs, which can be used as the backbone of a pay and grading structure. A job evaluation exercise will provide transparency around how your organisation values jobs and relates them to the market, which in turn will enable you to demonstrate fairness in pay.
Carrying out a job evaluation exercise can also provide protection against equal pay claims when the right sort of scheme is used, and make it easier for organisations to carry out an equal pay audit.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
HR and legal information and guidance relating to job evaluation.