National training for local job evaluation

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The NHS Staff Council job evaluation group (JEG) provides expert accredited training, along with guidance and advice, to NHS trusts to support local job evaluation implementation.

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.

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 accredited 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 given in partnership.
  • The training materials are regularly updated in line with changes in the NHS.
  • All trainers give a commitment to upholding 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.

 Course type/length Participant requirements  For further details please contact 


Job matching - two days face-to-face

No previous training in job evaluation needed but there will be a requirement to participate in group workl.

This is a course to train people to take part in job matching panels.  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.

The aims of this training programme are to:

  • Explore the underpinning principles of equality and equal pay in job evaluation
  • Understand the effect of bias and different perceptions
  • Learn about the NHS Agenda for Change JE scheme and its structure
  • Understand the job matching process

JM panels are made up of both staff side and management representatives and therefore you may attend the training as either a:

  • Management side practitioner - a member of staff from across the organisation who is not attending as a member of a union representing staff side.  There is no specified minimum pay band.  All practitioners should reflect the demographics of the workforce and have the confidence of those they are representing.
  • Staff side practitioner - a member of staff who is a member of a recognised trade union.  These practitioners should be accredited representatives or be recommended by a recognised trade union.  All practitioners should reflect the demographics of the union they represent and have the confidence of those they are representing.

Please note We are no longer offering the blended learning JM course with one day face-to-face as delegates were not successfully completing the online part of the course in the time allocated, despite provisions in the training for being given protected time to do this.


Job analysis/evaluation (JAJE)  - two day face-to-face


Need to have previously completed the job matching course


Centrally-run JAJE two day face-to-face.


Need to have previously completed the job matching course


Centrally-run consistency checking one day face-to-face


Need to have already been trained in job matching and job analysis and job evaluation and have recently and regularly sat on panels


Job matching refresher -
one day face-to-face


Need to have completed the two day job matching course. This course should be repeated every three to five years for maximum benefit


JAJE refresher - one day face-to-face

Need to have completed both the two day job matching and the two day JAJE course.  Should be repeated every  years for maximum benefit.




Job matching and JAJE refresher - two day face-to-face  

Need to have completed both the two day job matching and the two day JAJE course.  Should be repeated every three to five years for maximum benefit.


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