Job evaluation and equal pay

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Job evaluation (JE) determines the value of a job in relation to other jobs in an organisation in order to establish a rational pay structure. JE is a key part of the pay system that covers NHS staff on the 2018 terms and conditions of service (Agenda for Change).

It enables jobs to be matched to national job profiles or allows trusts to evaluate jobs locally to determine which pay band a post should sit. It can also help you with:
  • Issues over equal pay and equal value.
  • Organisational change leading to new job design.
  • Employee dissatisfaction with the way jobs are graded.
  • Lack of rationale for current grades.

Job evaluation requires you to take a close look at the jobs your employees do. This can help you to improve job design and understand training needs.

Your job evaluation scheme, implemented correctly, should comply with equal pay law. 

Find out more about the criteria for good job, the key features of the scheme and how to access training in this web section. We have even added a self-assessment checklist so you can see whether you are doing everything correctly.

COVID-19: Job evaluation advice

As NHS organisations rightly prioritise their resources to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, the NHS Staff Council is issuing the following advice:

  • Where there are local capacity issues for job evaluation leads and/or panel practitioners and job evaluation work cannot be conducted in partnership, it should be paused during this time.
  • In the extraordinary event that a completely new post is created specifically to support the emergency response, employers are advised to look at existing job descriptions that are suitable. Any post must be matched or evaluated by a full partnership panel as soon as possible and any differential in pay dealt with under job evaluation handbook rules.
  • Staff whose roles change significantly during this time should log their additional responsibilities with their manager in writing and seek agreement that the changed jobs process outlined in the handbook can be initiated as soon as resources allow for a re-evaluation, with an agreed effective date.

FInd out more about increasing your capacity on our web page.

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Download the NHS Job Evaluation Handbook, the comprehensive guide for organisations on job evaluation.

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