“From a human resources perspective, it is a critical review,” said Bonnie Suchecki, the city's human resources director.
The new study is an update of one the city conducted nearly six years ago.
“In 2007, the city underwent an extensive wage classification and compensation study,” Suchecki said.
During this study, the Michigan Municipal League interviewed every one of the city's non-union employees, wrote job descriptions and detailed what these people did.
Suchecki said that jobs were also rated to determine skill factors, experience required and other things. These ratings were then used to place the jobs on the city’s pay-grade scale.
“You add up all of the points and come up with a point total,” Suchecki said. “Jobs with similar point numbers are in the same pay grade.”
The more requirements that are attached to a position, the higher the pay level.
A salary and benefits survey of communities in similar size and demographics to Grand Haven was also done to see how Grand Haven’s wages stack up. Through this study, it was determined that the city had used the original classification and compensation study well since its inception in 2007.
“They found that we were spot-on,” Suchecki said. “We would be seen in the market as good employers.”
Suchecki said positions that had been added in that time were placed in the correct location within the grade systems, and annual cost-of-living adjustments were in line with other communities, so that most of the pay grades were comparable to others.
“If you want to be a proactive employer of any kind, you want to make sure you are paying what the market requires,” Suchecki said.
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