Salary Time Again.
A few years ago we had a continuing problem with working out what to pay certain people.
It wasn't that they were doing a bad job and we wanted to pay them less.
The trouble was that we couldn't work out what was a fair thing.
If you were doing a job that was covered by an award - no problem. But finding comparisons for some of our more specialised positions was more difficult.
That's when we began using the Mercer job sizing tool. A series of questions about responsibilities, qualifications, experience, job scope, and so on yielded a score that placed jobs into position classes.
These position classes can be compared with market place salary information.
The result has been much more consistency and fairness in setting wages and salaries at World Vision Australia.
Last week I completed a review of all the salaries recommended by managers.
I was pleased to see that only three or four jobs seem out of place in the salary structure. These few will be reviewed during the next few months.
Overall salaries will rise by an average of just under five per cent. The Saturday Age reported that overall salary increases in Australia last year had been around 4.3%.
For most people who work at World Vision Australia their salary is less than they could get doing the same job in the commercial sector. Indeed, the higher one goes in the organisation, the further salaries fall below average.
But that's the way it should be. We are not here for the salaries. The salaries only need to be fair reward for a job well done. As Jesus said, the labourer deserves to be paid.