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Committee contemplates study on compensation and classification

Job titles and pay scale could be the subject of a study in Stafford County in the coming months.

Mike Neuhard, acting Human Resources administrator, presented a proposal Tuesday to the Finance, Audit and Budget committee.

“Over the last five years, we’ve had a tremendous amount of change in how we have done work here in the county,” Neuhard said. “That has resulted in a lot of our positions expanding their responsibilities, changing their method of work, things of that nature.”

Classification refers to job roles and titles, whereas a study on compensation looks at if there is appropriate and competitive pay. For example, the private firm that does the study could look at jobs that have common tasks and group those together, Neuhard said.

The last comprehensive study on compensation in the county was done in 2005. The next year, the board adopted the current market-based pay for performance compensation system and philosophy, according to county documents. It is unclear the last time classifications were reviewed. Internally, the department has looked at classification and compensation, but formal studies are typically conducted at five- to ten-year intervals.

A study could take six to nine months to complete, at a cost of $100,000 to $150,000, depending on specifications.

Staff will bring back more information at the committee’s September meeting.