Stage 1: Job matching course

This two-day training programme is designed for NHS employees who wish to gain job matching accreditation in order to sit on job matching panels.

24 June 2024

What is job matching?

Job matching (JM) is the process by which jobs are matched against nationally evaluated job profiles, thereby avoiding the need for local evaluations. It uses local job descriptions, person specifications and additional written or verbal evidence.

Most jobs can be matched to national job profiles and should not require the development of new profiles unless there is an industry-wide shift in professional occupation.

Learn more with our quick guide to job matching

Virtual job matching course


  • To explore the underpinning principles of equality and equal pay in job evaluation.
  • To understand the effect of bias and different perceptions.
  • To learn about the NHS Agenda for Change Job Evaluation Scheme and its structure.
  • To understand the job matching process.


  • Participants will be qualified to sit on a job matching panel, made up of both staff and management representatives and asses the job information against that of national profiles.
  • Participants will not be qualified to sit on an evaluation panel or act as a job analyst unless they have already completed the two-day job analysis/evaluation course.
  • Participants will not be qualified to train other individuals in job matching, only those approved by the NHS Staff Council Job Evaluation Group are qualified to deliver training in partnership.

Course capacity:

Minimum of 12

Maximum of 16

We heavily advise that the course is completed in partnership, i.e. an equal weighting of management and staff side representation.

Course cost:

Two-day job matching training 

Commissioned  £4,000+VAT

Organisations need to allow additional printing costs for core materials, approximately £280 if printing is done by an external company.

Centralised  £340.00+VAT per person 

Payment can be made by debit and credit card or by requesting an invoice, which will incur a 5% admin charge on top of the training fees.


Course format:

The virtual job matching course runs across two days from 9:30am to no later than 5pm each day and is delivered via Zoom.

All participants must attend and actively participate on both training days to receive a certificate of completion.

Unfortunately, due to the density of the course content any time missed away from the session will result in a failure to pass the course.

Course materials:

Core course materials that require printing will be emailed in advance.

All course materials will be hosted virtually through a learning platform. However, we heavily advise that core materials are printed ahead of the course.

It is the responsibility of the commissioner to ensure that all necessary material is printed and distributed amongst the delegates ahead of the course.

How do I commission a course?

NHS Employers currently provide a two-day virtual offer for job matching training. 

To commission a virtual job matching course please complete a request form.

How do I book onto a centralised course?

The centralised job matching offer is available for individual bookings or organisations that have fewer than 12 members of staff in need of training.

The next available course dates are as follows: