Project activity continues as planned on the 21 colleges being evaluated, as part of the National Job Evaluation Scheme.

First scoring is rapidly approaching conclusion, with five colleges having been fully evaluated with a further 11 colleges being 90%+ complete. The first scoring process is now projected to be completed by November 2020.

As previously reported, the timescale for outputs were revised in line with a later start in live evaluation. In light of this and to ensure that the project continued to be delivered on time and on budget, whilst ensuring the integrity of the Job Evaluation Scheme, the project team has recently revisited the second stage scoring process and recommended an amendment, as outlined in the agreed Role Analysis Protocol. This amendment reflected that during the second scoring process, only one Role Analyst will proceed to single score each individual role before joint scoring with a member from the first scoring panel (either a management or staff side), to produce a final agreed score.

This recommendation was agreed by the Job Evaluation Working Group and ratified by the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) Side Table (Support) during October 2020. The amended version of the Role Analysis Protocol is available to view on the NJNC website. Second scoring has now commenced and is projected to be complete by April 2021.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Role Analysts for their continued perseverance and dedication to continue the work on the project, especially during the difficult times we have being faced with. This is very much recognised and appreciated by the project team.

We are now over 5 months into live evaluation of the roles and have started on nearly every college in scope.  We are nearly finished the first scoring of 5 colleges and pace is really starting to increase as the analysts become more experienced and we continue to work to refine the guidance around the scheme.  At present we have 21 analysts working on the project with a good balance between staff side and management side nominations on the panels which are working well together.

Our partners in the project at ECC, who provide the scheme we are using, have provided some positive feedback on the work of the analysts and will continue to assist us in ensuring the scheme is applied consistently and correctly.

The timescale for output has however required revision due to the later start of the live evaluation (January 2020 instead of November 2019) and the anticipated pace of work has been slower with outputs now scheduled for quarter 1 2021. Over the coming weeks we will be in touch with colleges who have analysts released to discuss any extensions required.

We would also like to thank staff in colleges for working to get responses to queries back to us quickly, particularly at this time when there are many competing priorities.

Full live evaluation commenced on Monday 6 January 2020 following a period of live testing from Monday 11 November 2019.  There are currently 10 colleges where live role analysis is taking place. These colleges have been informed that it has started and that queries may be coming in from the role analysts.  In response to the request for analysts, we now have a number of new analysts who are also taking part in a live testing process and will join the full live process in the next few weeks.  A number of additional colleges will then commence with live evaluation and those colleges will be individually contacted in the coming weeks.
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The evaluation of roles will commence from 11 November 2019. A dedicated team of trained role analysts selected and released from colleges across the country will initially test evaluate roles and thereafter undertake the evaluation of all roles submitted for evaluation. This activity will be significant and take a considerable period of time. Regular updates will be provided throughout.