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Designing a Job Classification and Wage Scale System - Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Salary Budget

by Mary Ann Anthony
January/February 2001
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As the American economy continues to grow, creating unprecedented low unemployment across the country, child care center directors are challenged with recruiting and retaining qualified staff in a shrinking labor market. At the same time, the demand for quality child care has never been higher. In this pressured environment, wage rates are often arbitrary, depending upon how desperate the director is to hire or retain or which staff member yells loudest for an increase. Staff morale and loyalty always suffer in this atmosphere of grab what you can, and turnover increases as staff seek higher wages or fairer treatment elsewhere. So what is the solution?


The answer is to assess the state of your program's current practices and apply rational thought to your job descriptions, wage scale, and salary increment policies to maximize the effectiveness of your salary budget.

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Salary Plan?

- Establishes wages in a systematic way that everyone can understand

- Reflects levels of pay in the community

- Reflects relative worth of jobs in the center

- Fair and consistent in treatment of employees

- Built on classification of jobs that recognizes degree of difficulty and responsibility

- Recognizes education and experience of employees

Why Have a Job Classification and ...

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