What Is the Paterson Job Grading System?
The Paterson grading system is used to evaluate aspects of jobs. The Paterson grading system is an analytical method of job evaluation, used predominantly in South Africa. It analyzes decision-making in job task performance or job descriptions, and sorts jobs into six groups that are graded and grouped into two to three sub-grades--such as stress factors, individual tolerance, length of job and number of job responsibilities--that correspond to organizational levels. The six grades, also called bands, define pay scales. Identification
According to "Classification of Jobs into Levels of Work: Four Reliability Studies," at the University of Zimbabwe, the Paterson system places job decision-making into six groups or bands--policy making, programming, interpretive, routine, automatic and defined. These groups correspond to the following organizational levels--top management, senior management, middle management, junior management and skilled positions, semi-skilled positions and unskilled positions. Features
Comprised of grades A through F, Paterson's grading system is listed below with an explanation of the corresponding graded decision making. An upper grade reflects a job requiring coordination or supervision, and a lower grade reflects non-coordinating jobs.
A- Prescribed or defined decisions.
Jobs are performed with limited training for grade A, and employees, such as unskilled workers, decide when and how fast to execute tasks.
B, lower- Automatic or operative decisions
B, upper- Coordinating, automatic decisions.
Theory or systems knowledge for grade B is not required, though employees, such as semi-skilled workers, can decide where and when to perform operations.
C, lower- Routine decisions
C, upper- Coordinating, routine decisions
Theory and/or systems knowledge for grade C is required, and employees, such as skilled workers or supervisory personnel, decide what...
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