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Using NJC pay scales


I will shortly be delivering a training session on budgeting to a group from the voluntary sector.

As part of a practical exercise I would like them to budget for staff wages.

I understand that rates of pay in the Voluntary Sector are usually tied to njc pay scales. I would like to know what criteria e.g.size of budget or number of people managed etc that are used to decide post or position on the scale.
Gordon McGuire

2 Responses

  1. NJC
    The placing against NJC scales are based on clearly agree roles and levels of responsibility. A good source of information may be NCVO or SCVO, the voluntary sector organistions for England and Scotland respectively. If the organsiation has never used NJC before, may be useful to undertake job evaluation to accurately place specfic functions against. Hope this is useful.

  2. Criteria? what criteria
    I wish I could agree with the comments already made, but in my experience many voluntary organisation although paying a NJC scale do not relate this to any listed criteria! A quick look at the Guardian will soon find similar jobs at widely varying pay scales.

    Many years ago there was a document that said scale 4 means… scale 6 means… SO1…. PO2 etc.

    However this criteria was removed, as I understand it, because it took no account of external factors, the difficulties in recruiting for particular jobs (IT) or in particular geographic areas.

    From what I recall the criteria were as follows

    up to Sc 4: admin assistant to administrative officer.

    Sc 5 and 6: Project Officer (6 with financial or supervisory responsibilities)

    SO1: Start of Management Scale or Project officer with Specialist Skills or Substantial Experience.

    PO1: Principal Officer start of scales suitable for organisation with more than one layer of management.

    When I am grading jobs I have this list in mind but also consider the economic reality, at present it is very difficult to recruit for particular posts, so higher grading may be necessary. Does this mean the market has reached the voluntary sector?

    If such a criteria exist, i would love a copy


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