The town council approved a pay grade increase for two vacant positions Monday night, hoping that it will entice quality new hires to positions that have been vacant for some time.
The two positions are Human Resource Director and Senior Administrative Support Specialist, which Town Manager Hardin Watkins said are highly competitive positions
“If we’re behind on that pay, it’s going to affect the kind of candidate we can secure,” Watkins said.
Each year, the MAPS group, a consulting firm, does a study that reviews one-third of the town’s staff salaries and compares them to the market for the same positions. If the salaries are behind the market they recommend a pay grade increase.
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Pat Thomas of the MAPS group conducted the 2014-15 Pay and Classification Study. Thomas recommended that several positions be reclassified to higher pay grades.
“The consultant that did that work for us says that a large number of the jobs she evaluated are behind on the market,” Watkins said. “She’s given us recommendation which we will include on our budget proposal and the council will vote on in June. We’ll shift those and put those people in higher pay categories.”
An increase in pay grade means that the minimum hiring salary will increase, and a person’s maximum salary will increase, meaning they can make more money in their profession. It also means, if the position is filled, the employee could be in line for a pay increase right away if the employee’s salary is lower than it would be under a new salary schedule.
Thomas’ group recommended moving the Human Resource Director position from pay grade 32 to pay grade 34. That means the minimum salary a person hired would make increases from $67,000 to $74,000. The maximum salary increases from $103,000 to $115,000.
The other vacant position the town approved a pay grade increase for is the Senior Administrative Support Specialist. That position would go from a pay grade 19 to 20, which is about a $2,000 increase in salary.
The other positions being recommended for a higher pay grade have not been made public.
The council will discuss them at a later date.
“There’s not a lot of direct cost to this year’s budget but it’s a cost that will be absorbed over many years in the future,” Watkins said.