Using job evaluation to achieve pay equity

England Paula, Barbara Stanek Kilbourne

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Job evaluation has become linked to debates over comparable worth. Proponents of pay equity complain that job evaluation is often biased against predominantly female jobs. Nonetheless, job evaluation is proposed as a tool to achieve more equitable pay for predominantly female jobs. We discuss ways in which conventionally used job evaluation plans incorporate sex bias and how these biases may be minimized. We conclude that, when care is taken to avoid sex bias, job evaluation is the best available tool to achieve pay equity. We predict that its use will grow, particularly in the public sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-843
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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