Salary and Reward Benchmarking, City College Manchester

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  • A number of smaller colleges merged to form City College Manchester in 1993.
  • Full-time students in small classes receive individual support. This’ City Sixth Form’ concept  has been commended by Ofsted (2004 Inspection Report).
  • The college works with many local and regional employers and businesses every year. It is Greater Manchester’s largest provider of Offender Learning.

What did our client need?

  • City College Manchester had not reviewed their senior staff salaries since August 2004.
  • They sought guidance in allocating salary levels for the further education and private sectors.
  • They also wanted advice about wider pay management issues, including performance-related pay.

How did we help?

  • We organised feedback sessions to track progress at every stage of the project.
  • The remuneration committee met after the first workshop to decide a way forward. We received these results and used them for further comment and finalisation.

Our approach involved:

  • A series of individual interviews to discuss and position roles in context;
  • Matching roles against market surveys from academic / private sectors; and
  • Using the engagement questionnaire to organise data from individual interviews.

What challenges did we face?

  • Creating a process which would still be suitable in the future, negating the need for more major reviews.
  • Our management model is comprehensive, understandable, robust and adaptable.
  • Establishing and retaining a good team ethos.
  • The results were presented to the remuneration committee through workshops. Interactivity and debates made the whole process involving.

What benefits did our client gain?

  • Our client gained a greater understanding of reward in its wider context.
  • This includes the main drivers of internal vs. external relativity and job requirements vs. personal contribution.
  • They also decided which approach best fitted their current culture and if any longer-term changes were desirable.


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