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Gender-inclusive job evaluation standard

Provides information on how to support and promote gender equitable job evaluation.

Job evaluation providers, equity advisors, the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and employer and union representatives contributed to and agreed on the Standard. Public consultation on the draft Standard also contributed to its development.

In an international first, the Standard has been formally approved by the Standards Council and can be purchased from Standards New Zealand (external link) . The Standard is used with job evaluation projects to demonstrate best practice job evaluation which removes gender bias. It helps with the design and implementation of fair and transparent job evaluation projects, as well as in auditing existing projects for gender inclusiveness.

In order to comply with the Standard, actions to demonstrate meeting the requirements are required for each particular job evaluation project, as the Standard covers both scheme design and implementation of job evaluation. The main users of the Standard are likely to be people responsible for job evaluation projects in conjunction with the job evaluation system providers.

The Standard is set out in 4 sections:

  • Section 1 - defines job evaluation processes and sets out the objectives and parameters of the Standard
  • Section 2 - outlines issues that may undermine the gender-inclusiveness of job evaluation processes
  • Section 3 - sets out the requirements, as well as optional guidance, for planning and preparing job evaluation projects
  • Section 4 - sets out the requirements as well as optional guidance for the evaluation of jobs and subsequent review of evaluation outcomes.

A Guide to the Gender-inclusive Job Evaluation Standard, sets out how the Standard can be met, and Dorfox Meets the Standard: A Case Study provides an example of documentation of meeting the requirements of the Gender-inclusive Job Evaluation Standard.

Meeting the standard

The Standard is voluntary and those saying that they meet the Standard will need to provide evidence of complying with it.

The Standard relates to how every job evaluation project is carried out. A job evaluation project could be job evaluation of a specified group of jobs (eg a benchmarking exercise), evaluation of a few jobs, or an ongoing job evaluation process (eg establishing a job evaluation committee). Evidence of compliance will demonstrate:

  • how each of the Standard’s requirements will be met in each project, and
  • that all the actions identified in the requirements clauses are completed.

Typically the person responsible for the job evaluation project would see:

  • an initial proposal on how the Standard’s requirements will be met for the project
  • periodic progress reporting during the project
  • a report at the conclusion of the project on how the Standard’s requirements were met.

No job evaluation system or job evaluation project or process would automatically always meet the Standard.

Evidence of meeting the standard

The evidence would need to cover how each part of the Standard is met in the specific job evaluation project, in relation to:

  • planning, communication and documentation
  • the job evaluation process including committees and groups used
  • how the job evaluation scheme meets the requirements of gender inclusiveness
  • how appropriate training is to be provided.

A guide to the gender-inclusive job evaluation standard

This guide can be used:

  • to provide evidence that the job evaluation scheme and the particular job evaluation project comply with the Standard
  • as part of the request for proposal when purchasing/contracting a job evaluation scheme
  • when auditing a current job evaluation project
  • when assessing and planning the steps that are needed to move towards meeting the Standard’s requirements, and/or
  • to identify who is responsible for ensuring the actions to demonstrate requirement are completed.
  • to contribute to a clear and common understanding of what the Standard requires and consistency in its application.

The guide was developed in consultation with the committee that developed the Standard and it provides useful examples of relevant materials and concepts.

Gender bias in job evaluation: a resource collection

This resource includes extracts from New Zealand and international publications, case law, research, and guidelines on gender bias in job evaluation and how it can be minimised.

Dorfox meets the standard: a case study

This resource provides examples of documentation that might be used in demonstrating how the requirements of each part of the Standard are met. There are examples of project plans and reports, and of statements by project leaders and consultants.

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