Job evaluation

The Hay Guide Chart-Profile Method of Job Evaluation: an overview

Analyze organisational structures, evaluate people and jobs, define career progressions, develop pay and reward programmes and manage your human resources more effectively with the Hay Group method.

The issue
Organisations everywhere acknowledge that their people are the most important asset. But all too many of those organisations have no formal method for managing that asset. Are the right people in the right roles? What skills do those roles require? What rewards are appropriate for each post and level? And how do you make sure you offer the right opportunities for career development and progression to serve the organisation and motivate and retain individuals?

These are complex questions, but vital ones for any organisation to answer. By working with Hay Group, and using our job evaluation method, organisations can take a structured, rigorous approach to answering the questions – which in turn means a formal, methodical approach to getting the best out of their people.

Why Hay Group?
Hay Group offers the world’s best, time-tested evaluation methodology for measuring jobs by relative size, nature and importance, at all levels in all types of organisations.

Thousands of organisations – including more than half of Fortune 50 as well as leading public sector and not-for-profit organisations – rely on Hay Group’s job evaluation methodology to help them bring together the right people, jobs and structures to execute their strategies.

Commonly known as the Hay Guide Chart®-Profile Method of Job Evaluation, our system provides clients with a consistent and objective framework to analyse organisational structures, evaluate people and jobs, define career progressions, develop pay and reward programmes and manage their human resources more effectively.

It uses a disciplined system for determining the relative importance and value of different jobs – and the critical relationships between them – within an organisation. We then support our findings and insights with Hay Group’s global compensation database, which mean clients can make more informed and accurate pay decisions.

By working with the Hay Group method, organisations can:

  • gain an understanding of relative accountabilities of all roles – HQ, business, function and category
  • establish clear, effective career paths, useful in determining career moves and development programs
  • design internally equitable pay structures
  • meet requirements of ‘equal value’ legislation
  • make accurate market competitiveness assessments through ‘measured job-size’ surveys
  • analyse job and organisation design efficiency and effectiveness
  • determine the best job/person match.

We continue to improve and expand the Hay Group method to provide our clients with deeper dimensions of analysis, more customised capabilities and greater flexibility to adapt the methodology to their own organisations and cultures.

Hay Group’s approach
Hay Group works with clients to develop a full understanding of their organisation and business context and their resulting needs. We then match those needs with existing roles and identify where roles overlap, where there are gaps or where career progression is unclear.

We then provide advice and tools enabling you to put in place a ‘fit for purpose’ process, including:

  • job documentation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • methodology customisation
  • supporting IT tools
  • methodology training (if needed)
  • quality assurance (ensures consistent method application)
  • ongoing support of clients’ evaluated structures.

One of the unique aspects of our methods is the use of two concepts, ‘step difference’ and ‘job shape’ (profile). These concepts help make useful comparisons between roles based on the work involved, rather than just the job title.

When applied with discipline, the robust Hay Guide Chart-Profile Method is not subject to ‘drift’ over time. Hay Group clients have relied on this method for over 25 years.

Finally, the Hay Guide Chart-Profile Method can:

  • be used to support job/employee matching, as well as organisation and job design
  • be applied to all jobs – from the CEOs of large global companies to task-focused roles on the business front lines
  • mesh with a wide range of processes and be designed to meet the unique circumstances and culture of different clients.

Hay Group in action
Organisations in many different sectors such as AkzoNobel, TNT Group, AXA, Corus Group and Dow Chemical have used the Hay Group method to make best use of their people.

Find out more
If you would like to discuss how the Hay Group method could be applied in your organisation, please contact us.


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