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Before you start evaluating.

Jobscore measures the skills required to perform a job, and the level to which these skills are required to solve problems, deliver goods and services, and manage the organisation's resources.

Higher levels of skill coupled with higher and broader levels of application of skill result in a higher job evaluation score.

Such measurement establishes the relative worth of jobs within an organisation. It also provides a basis for consistent comparisons of job value across organisations. To compare jobs across organisations, factors that differentiate organisations are taken into account.

This measure of a job is expressed in terms of job points.

To assess the points for a job, three basic dimensions are rated: Knowledge and Skill, Problem Solving, and Accountability. Each dimension is sub-divided into elements. Each element is divided into levels, and the job is ranked using these levels.

For jobs that have a substantial impact on the organisation, aspects of the organisation are also accounted. These include the knowledge and skill required due to the multiplicity of markets serviced by the organisation, the diversity of products/services it provides, and the geographic scope of its operations.

The rankings selected for each factor measured by Jobscore are combined to arrive at the total points evaluation for the job.

Each element in the Jobscore system carries a different weight towards the total evaluation, and there are linkages between elements.

Important in the assessment is the necessity for independence of judgment about the value of a job. Avoid any pressure to increase the evaluation for a job as a means to justify a higher salary for the position. This corrupts the job evaluation process and usually occurs where the incumbent of the job is being assessed rather than the job itself. Assessment of the incumbent is the domain of performance appraisal, rather than job evaluation. Other pressures to avoid are unreasonable maintenance of a position's pre-existing status, and internal organisation politics.

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