Compensation Services

RES Compensation Services provides professional and practical expertise in job evaluation and classification systems for bargaining unit positions and in organizational redesign strategies for twenty-three subscribers. The Compensation team collaborates with subscribing employers and fee-for-service partners making recommendations to ensure equitable compensation levels in the region based on comparability of duties, complexity, and scope of responsibility. Compensation Services also provide support in job evaluation disputes and, assists with organizational design approaches and job evaluation plan reviews. For any questions regarding job evaluation services, please contact your Human Resources Department.


As part of empowering HR Leadership, Compensation Services offers expert advice and recommendations related to job analysis and organizational design for bargaining unit positions. We take a closer look at the job evaluation process, reviewing how it works and why it works.


  • What is job evaluation?

    Job evaluation is a process of establishing pay levels for classes of positions in a fair, consistent, and equitable manner within an organization based on duties, level of responsibilities, and required qualifications. There are four principal types of job evaluation systems: (i) ranking (ii) classification (iii) points rating and (iv) factor comparison. The job evaluation system utilized by most municipalities in Metro Vancouver for unionized positions is a Classification System.

  • What is a classification system?

    A classification system consists of analyzing the duties, responsibilities and required qualifications of positions and grouping sufficiently similar positions into occupational groups called classes or classes of positions.

  • What does classes of positions mean?

    It means a group of positions within a municipality that are similar with respect to the type of duties, level of responsibility, and required qualifications. Each class of positions is described by a Class Specification.

  • What is a class specification?

    A Class Specification is a written document describing each class in a standard format, which contains a Class Title, a description of scope of duties and responsibilities of the class, examples of typical duties assigned to positions grouped within the class (but not necessarily set out in order of their relative importance), and a statement of qualification required in order to perform the work of the class. Class specifications accommodate a number of different positions sharing similarities in type of work, level of responsibility, and qualifications and are not job descriptions.

  • How is a job evaluated?

    A job is evaluated through qualitative analysis and comparison of the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the classes of positions in the same occupational group. The evaluation that is done is performed on the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the job, not on the person who is in the job.

  • What does qualitative analysis and comparison of the duties include?

    It includes examining factors of a job such as complexity, judgment exercised, independence of action, supervision given, working conditions, physical effort, education and experience, and skills and abilities.

  • What factors are not analyzed or compared in a job evaluation?

    Factors that are not examined are the characteristics of the person in the job, including merit, long service, familiarity with work, volume of work performed, and initiative.

  • When is a job evaluated?

    A job is evaluated when it is established. A job can be re-evaluated when there are substantive changes to the duties and responsibilities, effort, working conditions and education, experience, and skills and abilities.

  • What is RES Compensation Services role in job evaluations?

    RES provides municipalities who utilize our compensation services with advice and support in job evaluation and organizational structuring. This includes conducting job evaluations and providing advice and support to municipalities in the job evaluation process. Managers, unions or employees who have questions about job evaluations or classifications of positions should contact the human resources department in their municipality.

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