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It is in the interest of the Council to ensure that it has fair and just pay systems.The Council is committed to the principle of equal pay for all employees and believes that in eliminating bias in its pay systems, it is sending a positive message to its employees and the Highland community. The Council has, through this exercise implemented:
- A single job evaluation scheme that analyses the jobs carried out by all employees covered by the national agreement
- A single pay structure for all Single Status employees that rewards them appropriately for the jobs that they do
- Harmonised and non-discriminatory terms and conditions of service
The Highland Council uses the job evaluation scheme, which was developed by COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) for all posts covered by the SJC pay and grading structure (administrative, professional, manual, craft (TECS)). The scheme reflects the jobs in Scottish authorities and is based on the work carried out in England and Wales by the National Joint Council for Local Government (NJC).
The job evaluation scheme considers jobs against 13 factors.
For Teachers and Educational Psychologists a job sizing exercise determines the placing on the salary spine for promoted posts.