Employee Compensation Study (HayGroup) Implementation
The new grade and salary range structure is the result of the legislative study of classified employee pay initiated by the legislature and carried out through the contract with the Hay Group consulting firm. Additional information including presentations from the Hay Group to the legislature and agencies can be found at: http://www.nd.gov/hrms/managers/presentations.html
Two of the key results of the study are:
- Job evaluations (determining the pay grade) are now conducted by a committee of HR staff from a cross-section of state agencies instead of being done solely by HRMS staff
- Salary Ranges are based on a broader market sample with a significant focus on North Dakota jobs in a variety of private and public employers of all industry types.
With the new evaluation process, many jobs are changing in relationship to other jobs. Job Classes that were at the same grade may now be different and vice-versa. The salary ranges for some jobs changed very little, some increased, and some decreased. Overall, the grade relationships are improved and the relationship of the salary range to market pay is closer. Movement of salaries through the ranges to more closely relate to market rates is dependent on salary appropriations over the next several bienniums.
HRMS has been working with agencies to resolve implementation issues since late 2011. There are still some jobs (high-lighted in the Job Class Index) under active review. We hope to complete those reviews by July 1. Other jobs will be further reviewed as agencies continue to plan for implementation and as they bring issues to the attention of HRMS.
Employees with questions regarding the study and the outcome of the study are encouraged to contact their agency human resource or administrative staff.
If HR Contacts have questions, please contact Ken Purdy or the HRMS staff member assigned to your agency.