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Example of a Pay Equity Plan Job-To-Job Comparison Method

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​Disclaimer:This fact sheet is for information only, and is not intended to restrict Review Officers or the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal in their determination of matters. Refer to the Pay Equity Act for exact interpretation.

Fairpay Company
123 Any Road
Toronto, Ontario

This is an example of a pay equity plan originally posted by the Fairpay Company to show the results of job-to-job comparisons. The plan was then amended to show the results of a proportional value comparison.

Date of posting and pay equity adjustments

Fairpay Company has;posted;the following pay equity plan on January 1st, 1993.

Pay equity adjustments will begin January 1st, 1994.

Establ​​ishment

This plan covers all employees of Fairpay Company who are located at 123 Any Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Table 1: Job Classes - Male and Female

The following job classes are female job classesThe following job classes are male job classes
Accounting ClerkAccountant
Accounting SupervisorController
Administrative AssistantMarket Analyst
Customer Service ClerkMarketing Manager
Marketing CoordinatorPresident
ReceptionistProgrammer
SecretarySales Manager
Sales Representative
Shipper/Reciever
Warehouse Manager

Method of​​​ comparison

A gender neutral job comparison system was used to measure the value of each job class. Points were assigned to each job class based on the following factors and subfactors:

Table 2: Gender neutral job comparison system

FactorsSubfactors
Skill (30%)
  • Knowledge (10%)
  • Problem-solving/judgement (12%)
  • Interpersonal skills/contacts (8%)
Effort (25%
  • Mental effort (15%)
  • Physical effort (10%)
Responsibility (35%)
  • Human resources (12%)
  • Financial resources (8 %)
  • Information resources (10%)
  • Material resources (5%)
Working Conditions (10%)
  • Environment (10%)

Evaluations were carried out by a committee.

Job classes of equal or comparable value were determined by dividing the system into point bands, 75 points wide.

Compa​​rison results

Following are female job classes that found male comparators, their male comparator job classes, and the total pay equity adjustment needed in each case:

Table 3: Female job classes with male comparators and total pay equity adjustment

Female Job ClassPointsMale Comparator Job ClassPointsPay Equity Adjustment
Accounting Supervisor570Programmer555$1.00/hr
Administrative Assistant490Shipper/Receiver470$1.00/hr

Permis​sible differences

No permissible differences were found between job rates of female and male job classes.

Ho​​w do I get more help or information?

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