What is HERA?
The University needed to identify an appropriate job evaluation tool to assist in the implementation of the Framework Agreement. After consideration of various options and through consultation with the campus trade unions, the University has identified HERA as the tool that will be used in the implementation process.
HERA is a tool used to analyse roles found in Higher Education, this process is sometimes referred to as job evaluation. Job evaluation is the process of measuring different elements of a job in order to grade it in a fair and consistent manner. HERA involves the use of fourteen elements:
• Teamwork and Motivation
• Liaison and Networking
• Service Delivery
• Decision Making Processes and Outcomes
• Planning and Organising Resources
• Initiative and Problem Solving
• Analysis and Research
• Sensory and Physical Demands
• Work Environment
• Pastoral Care and Welfare
• Team Development
• Teaching and Learning Support
• Knowledge and Experience
These elements have been designed so that roles can be analysed in such a way as to reflect the values of higher education and the aspects of those roles seen as most important.
What is HERA used for?
HERA is used to create a role description or profile and a total points score for a role. The profile can be used to support recruitment, selection, training and career development. The total points score can be used to assign roles to grades or bands in a salary structure.
Why do roles need to be analysed using HERA?
The National Framework Agreement requires all Higher Education Institutions to implement a new single pay spine and grading structure for all staff by August 2006. To do this a series of representative roles within each institution has to be identified and analysed to allow each institution to develop, in consultation with recognised trade unions, an appropriate pay and grading structure.