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Pay and Grading review and the introduction of job families

Last updated 12 March 2021


The assessment


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The assessment


Council wide

New or existing service or policy?


Officer(s) completing the assessment

Ian Miller, Head of Paid Service

Rachael Simpson, Principal HR Advisor


26 January 2021

What is the purpose and expected outcomes?

To implement a new pay and grading structure.

Will there be any effect on other Council procedures or strategies e.g. Corporate Plan or the council’s workforce?


Are there any statutory requirements?

  • Employment Rights Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Equality Act

Are there any other organisations/bodies involved?

West Midlands Employers

Who are the main customer groups / stakeholders?

  • All NJC staff
  • GMB and Unison Trade Unions
  • Members

What information / statistics / evidence are you using?

  • Data from HR Management System
  • Job Evaluation System
  • Job descriptions and role profiles
  • West Midlands Employers Equality Impact Assessment of the proposed Pay and Grading review, November 2020

What impact does the service/policy/project have on the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Prior to the Equality Act 2010, there were 3 separate public sector equality duties covering race, disability and gender. The Equality Act 2010 replaced these with a new single equality duty covering the protected characteristics listed below.

Characteristic and definition Impact and evidence

Age - where this is referred to, it refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 32 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 - 30 year olds).


Evidence: The equality data show no statistically significant impact on any one age group of staff other than that which has already been explored and attributed to other (occupational) reasons. The workforce has a typical age profile with larger numbers of staff in the 36 to 60 age brackets than younger or other groups. Any impact is not as a result of the review as posts are not specific to age.

Disability – a person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

No impact

Data sets for this and subsequent groups (other than gender) are either not held, are incomplete or relate to small numbers which make it difficult to analyse any impact.


No impact

Gender reassignment – the process of transitioning from one gender to another.

No impact

Marriage and civil partnership – marriage is defined as a 'union between a man and a woman'. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.

No impact

Pregnancy and maternity – pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

No impact

Race – it refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

No impact

Religion and belief – religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and philosophical beliefs including lack of belief (e.g. Atheism).

No impact

Sex – a man or a woman.


Evidence: The higher proportion of “green circle” male workforce is driven by occupational groups. The new structure is likely to reduce the gender pay gap which in WFDC shows women earn, on average, more than men.

The overall impact of the proposal for “red circles” has a slight disproportionate impact on females, with 2.78% more women as red circles than men (equivalent to 19 posts and 5.86% of the workforce) but only a 0.7% difference on headroom losers equivalent to 1 post. Unlike the green circle group, there is no significant occupational grouping with a male / female bias and the majority of the roles are gender neutral. It is not possible to mitigate the effects of historic distribution of the genders between occupational groups, without distorting an equitable approach to the allocation of job roles within the new grading structure.

The unions have seen and accepted the full equality impact assessment produced by WME and also accepted the review following a ballot of members, allowing a collective agreement to be achieved (subject to full Council approval).

Sexual Orientation – whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.

No impact


e.g. Deprivation, health inequalities, urban/rural divide, community safety



Is a full assessment required?

Yes, West Midlands Employers, November 2020

Signed: Ian Miller
Dated: 26 January 2021

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