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Job Evaluation training update (COVID-19) - December 2020

The national job evaluation training programme remains postponed as physical training courses cannot be commissioned safely during the current climate.

The Job Evaluation Group (JEG) is currently in the process of developing a virtual job evaluation training offer for the delivery of commissioned training in 2021.

Our current timeline for this indicates that we will be able to launch our pilot virtual Job Matching training course in Spring 2021, however we are unable to provide a specific launch date at this stage.

Please go to the Stage 1: Job matching course page to fill in a commissioning form and your request will be added to the waiting list for job evaluation training in 2021.

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. There is also information on the job evaluation web pages and more supporting material will be published in the future.

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.


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.

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Stage 1: Job matching course

Commission this training programme, which is designed for delegates who wish to train as members of job matching panels. All job evaluation practitioners should attend this course.

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Stage 2: Job analysis and job evaluation course

This training course is designed for trained job matching practitioners who wish to train as job analysts and members of job evaluation panels. Find out more and commission the course.

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Stage 3: Consistency checking course

Find out more about commissioning this training programme, which is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to train as members of job evaluation consistency checking panels.

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Stage 4: Refresher training

Find out more about commissioning this training programme, which is designed for all trained practitioners who wish to refresh their training every three to five years.

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