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.

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Job evaluation handbook

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

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National job profiles

Find out how NHS jobs are matched to nationally evaluated job profiles.

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A quick guide to job matching

Read our quick explanation of the steps of job matching including who should carry it out and what documentation is needed.

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Training for job evaluation practitioners

Discover expert job evaluation training, along with guidance and advice to help support you with job evaluation in your organisation.

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Job Evaluation Group advice

Read advice, information and training for employers on the implementation of job evaluation.

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Consistency checking

Find out how to ensure robust consistency checking in your job matching and local evaluation outcomes.

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Step by step to local evaluation

Find out everything you need to know to evaluate a job at a local level within your organisation.

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Equal pay and gender pay gap reporting

Find out more about equal pay and gender pay gap reporting in the NHS.

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