My employer has told me that any changes to my duties will be assessed by job evaluation. What does this mean?

Job evaluation is a system of grading different jobs so that they can be compared and evaluated, usually in order to ensure compliance with equal pay legislation.

Although there are different job evaluation systems, the outcome for each type is a grading structure based on the comparative values of the different jobs in the organisation.

In other words, it is the jobs which are evaluated not the jobholders.

If your employer intends to re-evaluate your job because of a change in duties, the outcome may be a regrading of your job.

You should be able to participate in the evaluation process – at least indirectly. This is because well-organised job evaluation schemes should involve employee representatives. Take the time to explain to your rep or HR contact the complexities of the tasks you perform and why your job requires a multitude of skills.

Unfortunately, many people are likely to end up dissatisfied by a job evaluation scheme. If the exercise has produced an unfair appraisal of your post, lodge an appeal.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.