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Following our update in July 2022, we can now report that over the past few months, the project team has been concluding on the final quality assurance checks on the scores across all 22 colleges, as part of Stage Two (evaluation of roles) of the project. 

The outcomes from the evaluation process will be presented to individual college HR departments for final feedback during mid-November 2022 before these are presented to the NJNC Job Evaluation Working Group and subsequently to the full NJNC for ratification.

Once Stage Two of the project has concluded, the project team will be able to communicate definite timescales for taking forward Stage Three (development of pay and grading options).

We appreciate your continued support whilst we do the necessary work to conclude Stage Two and we will aim to provide a further update during December 2022.

If you have any questions, you can contact your college HR department, Job Evaluation Project Team or UNISONGMBUnite.

Following our update in December 2021, we can now report that during the first six months of 2022 the project team has been undertaking the final quality assurance checks on the scores across all 22 colleges, as part of Stage Two (evaluation of roles) of the project.  These checks have taken longer than initially anticipated however, we are pleased to report that after the Summer we will be able to start to present the outcomes from the evaluation process to individual college HR departments for final feedback before these are presented to the NJNC Job Evaluation Working Group and subsequently to the full NJNC for ratification. We appreciate you are all awaiting the outcomes of the exercise and we thank you for your patience whilst we do the necessary work and finalise quality checks.

Due to the volume of work required to properly validate and analyse the Stage 2 data, we are not as far on with Stage Three (development of pay and grading options) as we had hoped, as we require a robust set of job evaluation outcomes to undertake the actual pay modelling part of the project. The Pay Working Group has however been continuing to meet regularly and has been undertaking a full review of the previously gathered pay data with individual colleges and verifying this to ensure modelling work can commence straight away once the outcomes from the evaluation process are known. 

The Role Analysts who have remained on the project for the past two and a half years have now returned to their substantive posts back at their individual colleges. We would like to thank them for their hard work and for their dedication to the project to date.

The project team will be able to firm up the details around timescales for taking forward Stage Three after the Summer break and these will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, you can contact your college HR department, Job Evaluation Project Team or UNISONGMBUnite.

We thought it would be useful to provide an update ahead of the Christmas break.

As reported in our previous update in October 2021, the timescales we set to complete first and second scoring would be by December 2021. We are pleased to report that we are on track to meet this date, subject to a few roles which are still progressing through the Failure to Agree process. 

The project team is currently working with the Job Evaluation Working Group to conduct the final quality assurance checks with the aim of presenting the outcomes from the evaluation process to college HR departments in the New Year. The Role Analysts will be staying on the project to assist us with this work.        

Progress continues between the support staff and management sides around the development of pay and grading options. The Pay Working Group is meeting every four weeks to take forward activity from the agreed workplan.  

The priorities for the Pay Working Group for the first six months into 2022 will be finalising the data and undertaking pay modelling. Regular updates on this area of work will begin to be communicated after the New Year.

If you have any questions, you can contact your college HR department, Job Evaluation Project Team or UNISONGMBUnite.

As reported in our previous update at the end of June 2021, the revised timescales set out indicated that all first and second scoring would be concluded by December 2021.  We are pleased to report that at this time, project activity is progressing well, and we are on track to meet this date.

We have also taken the opportunity to use this extended period to include Argyll College UHI, a recent signatory to the National Recognition and Procedures Agreement, in the current scope of work. Our thanks go to the college staff in working to get the required documentation for around 30 roles to us this month.

We now have 22 colleges taking part in the project with around 2,460 roles being taken through the first and second scoring process. We can confirm that 94% of the roles have been through the final scoring process (both first and second scored) and six out of the 22 colleges have been fully completed.

Prior to presenting the outcomes from the evaluation process to college HR departments, as part of the verification process, the last step will be for the project team to conduct a final quality assurance check on the final scores on the completed colleges. This work will commence shortly.

Discussions continue between the support staff and management sides around the development of pay and grading options. There will be a separate, more detailed update on this area shortly, with indicative timescales for completing this stage of the project.

If you have any questions, you can contact your college HR department, Job Evaluation Project Team or UNISON, GMB, Unite.

We thought it would be useful to provide a brief update on the Job Evaluation project ahead of the Summer holiday period.

As reported in our previous update at the end of April 2021, the plan was for all first and second scoring to be concluded by early July 2021.  However, following some further updates on the overall list of roles requiring to be evaluated and with this, the delay in receiving the completed Role Outline Questionnaires, along with several Role Analysts having left the project in recent months, we have had to revisit these timescales. 

It is our utmost priority to ensure that all first and second scoring is not only completed but follows the agreed process, so that everyone can have confidence in the final outcomes.  We are now estimating, taking into account significant holiday period over the Summer, that we will require up to six months (end December 2021) to conclude this stage of the project.

This latest development does not however mean that project activity is not progressing at pace.  We can confirm that 76% of the roles across the 21 colleges have been through the final scoring process (both first and second scored) and that work around pay and grading continues, with weekly dialogue taking place between both the support staff and management sides which will continue over the next few months and start to form the development and costing of revised pay and grade options.

A further update will be provided as college staff return in the new Academic Year. 

Once again, our continued thanks go to the college staff in working to get the required documentation to us and to the Role Analysts who remain with us on the project.

If you have any questions, you can contact your college HR department, Job Evaluation Project Team or UNISONGMBUnite.