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Job evaluation training

Find out how you can access job evaluation training
Agenda for change

24 May 2021

Job evaluation (JE) is key to running the 2018 NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (Agenda for Change) pay system and supports equal pay for more than one million NHS staff. The NHS job evaluation scheme measures the skills, responsibilities and effort that are required for a job, and allocates it to an Agenda for Change pay band. This page will explain more about training for job evaluation practitioners.

Job Evaluation training update (COVID-19) - July 2021

All national job evaluation training remains postponed as physical training courses cannot take place safely during the current climate.

The Job Evaluation Group (JEG) is currently developing a job evaluation training offer for all courses to be delivered virtually in 2021.

We have now launched a virtual job matching training course. Virtual training for Job Analysis and Job Evaluation, Consistency Checking, and Refresher training courses are currently unavailable but will be developed later this year.

  • To commission job evaluation training for your organisation, please complete this form. You will be added to the waiting list and contacted when training becomes available.
  • To request a place to attend job evaluation training as an individual, please complete this form. You will be added to the waiting list and contacted when training becomes available.

In the meantime, please see chapter 3, section 8 of the NHS Job Evaluation handbook which provides guidance on capacity and seeking support from neighbouring organisations. 

Job evaluation training

Job evaluation (JE) is key to running the 2018 NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (Agenda for Change) pay system and supports equal pay for more than one million NHS staff. The NHS job evaluation scheme measures the skills, responsibilities and effort that are required for a job, and allocates it to an Agenda for Change pay band. It does this by matching jobs to national job profiles or evaluating jobs locally, to set the basic pay for staff.

In order to operate the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme effectively and in partnership with recognised trade unions, NHS organisations need to ensure they have sufficient numbers of trained job analysts and practitioners to sit on panels and to undertake consistency checking. The NHS Staff Council job evaluation group (JEG) offers expert training to NHS organisations, along with guidance and advice to support their job evaluation work.

Why choose the NHS Staff Council training?

These are some of the reasons you should choose the official NHS Staff Council training, rather than training from other providers, for your organisation:

  • It is the only training that is NHS Staff Council endorsed and its trainers receive ongoing support and development updates, including on the work of NHS Staff Council and the job evaluation group.
  • Training courses are guaranteed to be delivered in partnership.
  • The training materials are regularly updated in line with changes in the NHS.
  • All trainers give a commitment to uphold the integrity of the NHS job evaluation scheme.

Training

The JEG offers a range of practical one and two-day training courses for organisations that are run, in partnership, by experienced and accredited trainers.

In line with the national NHS terms and conditions of service, every job matching panel member and job analyst is required to attend a training course and must be up to date on current practices, before they take part in local panels. Consistency checking practitioners must also be appropriately trained and have relevant experience of job evaluation to undertake this work.

NHS Staff Council accredited training courses include modules on:

  • the principles of equal pay
  • how to avoid bias
  • the building blocks of the job evaluation scheme
  • the importance of consistency checking in job evaluation
  • the importance of partnership working.

The courses are run at a venue of your choice, except for the consistency checking courses, which are held regionally. The courses run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of 24 delegates per course.