What is 'work rated as equivalent'?

'Work rated as equivalent' is the second category in the legislation on claiming equal pay and refers to a system where different jobs have been rated as equivalent under a job evaluation exercise.

The outcome of such an exercise should be a grading system whereby jobs, irrespective of the sex of the jobholders, are ranked in order objectively. It should then be possible to determine the appropriate rate of pay for different jobs, regardless of the sex of the jobholder.

Whether work is rated as equivalent will depend on factors such as the level of skill, responsibility and experience needed for the job, even though the jobs themselves might be quite different.

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.

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