Some Recent Trends in Writing Job Description for the Purpose of Job Evaluation: a

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American International Journal of Contemporary Research Vol. 1 No. 3; November 2011
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Some Recent Trends in Writing Job Description for the Purpose of Job Evaluation: A
Reflective View
Muhammad Ali EL-Hajji, PhD
Former Lecturer of Liverpool John Moores University
&
Liverpool Community College
Abstract
In order for the organizations to have a fair, acceptable and reliable job evaluation, the need for having a professionally completed job description is inevitable, particularly when the organization concerned is NOT small in size. This paper focuses on job description for the purpose of holding job evaluation. Though management exercises and the literature show that job description has many usages such as recruitment and
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Thus, an accurate and concise job analysis is perhaps the single most important tool in the process of the job evaluation programme. However, the process of job analysis and job evaluation reveals the essential differences between jobs, so that decisions can be made about their relative worth either quantitatively or qualitatively. Thus, job analysis can be considered a cornerstone in the job evaluation process, and evaluation is a vital application to job analysis. Therefore, differential wages may be paid to jobs of different worth. In short, job analysis is a device to identify similarities and dissimilarities among the tasks assigned to jobs and the responsibilities in a working organization for collecting data and evaluating information from which job description, job specification and job performance standards are generated or developed. Hence, in order to hold a proper detailed and precise job analysis, there are a number of methodologies or strategies that may be used for this purpose. These include observations, interviews, questionnaires, and (in Mitchell and Larson, 1987) consulting job related training manuals, reports, records, and (in Taylor, S., 1998) installing video cameras at a discreet distance from the observer’s office. Importantly, however, a job analyst, even before starting his / her work, needs to have a very

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