Job evaluation proves its worth

Job evaluation is flourishing in the UK with more than 40 per cent of
organisations already using the process, and nearly half of those that don’t
planning to introduce it.

Formal job evaluation is a systematic process for establishing the relative
worth of jobs within an organisation.

An survey of HR and reward professionals reveals that 44 per
cent of organisations already use job evaluation, and 45 per cent of those
without a scheme intend to implement one in the near future.

Job evaluation is most widespread in the public and voluntary sectors, where
it is used by 68 per cent of organisations, compared with 39 per cent in the
private sector. Only 5 per cent of respondents had abandoned job evaluation.

The majority of the 236 respondents (55 per cent) say they had introduced
their job evaluation schemes five years ago, while 19 per cent say their
schemes have been in use for a year or less.

The survey also reveals some misgivings about the process. A quarter of
respondents say job evaluation has inhibited flexibility in their organisation,
19 per cent believe it is over-bureaucratic and 14 per cent feel it is too

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