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How Heavy Is A Job?: A Critical Survey of Job Evaluation as a Payment Device


  • Chatterji, Monojit
  • Devlin, Stephen


With salaries subjected to scrutiny more than ever, it is increasingly important that the process by which they are determined be understood and justifiable. Both public and private organisations now routinely rely on so-called job evaluation as a means of constructing an appropriate pay-scale and as such it is ever more necessary that we appreciate how this system works and that we recognise its limits. Only with such an understanding of the way in which salaries are set can we hope to have a meaningful discussion of their economic function. This paper aims to expound the details of job evaluation both in theory and in practice, and critically assess its shortcomings. In Section 1 below we describe the job evaluation system and in Section 2 we briefly outline the history and the usage of the system in both the private and the public sector. In Section 3 we theoretically analyse the often unstated but nonetheless implicit assumptions made by practitioners of the art of job evaluation. Section 4 applies the analysis of Section 3 to review a particular and important case study, namely The Senior Salaries Review of the Welsh Assembly 2004. Section 5 concludes.

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  • Chatterji, Monojit & Devlin, Stephen, 2011. "How Heavy Is A Job?: A Critical Survey of Job Evaluation as a Payment Device," SIRE Discussion Papers 2011-59, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  • Handle: RePEc:edn:sirdps:347

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