Bids due to redesign job classification, pay system for R.I. state workers

Source: Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal, December 11, 2013

A year ago a consultant hired by the Chafee administration recommended sweeping changes in Rhode Island’s famously arcane personnel system — and a move toward “performance-based” pay. Friday marks the deadline for bidders to make a case for why they should be hired for the next step in this effort to “redesign” the state’s job-classification and compensation system for the vast majority of the state’s work force. …

…It is against this backdrop that the Chafee administration is seeking a consultant’s help in creating a new personnel system that is updated periodically to take into account what is happening in the public and private-sector labor markets, locally and regionally.

The state is also looking to the consultant to “lead the State through a learning curve of what is working, and what is not working, in public and private employment settings around the country … write job specifications that will then be used to match jobs to appropriate market salary data … reduce the number of job position titles by consolidating titles for positions with similar responsibilities and qualifications … develop job-specific, objective, performance evaluation criteria.”

The state also wants the consultant to “outline potential performance-based compensation strategies used in private and governmental settings, including [the] potential fiscal impacts.”…