NRC: Job grades, job evaluation, and Jobscore.
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1.1.4 Differences between structures from the point of view of management and staff.

From the point of view of management the likely practical differences between the three grade structures, Single, Career Family, and Job Family are:

  • A single graded structure is easier to explain, manage and justify but it does not provide a basis for career planning and development.
  • A career family structure is more difficult to explain and manage than a single graded structure but provides a framework for career planning. More effort is required to design and define a career family structure than a single graded structure. It is less divisive than a job family structure.
  • A job family structure provides a framework for career planning, but mainly within families. It caters for different patterns of career and pay progression. More effort is required to design and define this type of structure than a single graded structure.
From the point of view of staff the likely practical differences are:

  • A single graded structure is easier to understand, and is not divisive. However, some staff may believe that it does not properly cater for their particular career progression patterns.
  • A career structure might be welcomed by some if not all staff as a clearer expression of career opportunities within and between career families, but could be perceived as divisive.
  • A job family structure is likely to be seen by many staff as more divisive than a career family structure especially if there are differences in the scope for progression between job families.