Good job information is essential for a fair and equitable pay equity process. To properly evaluate jobs, job questionnaires and job statements or descriptions must include all of the relevant information about the job in order to provide evaluators/readers with a clear understanding of what is done, why it is done and how it is done. The following glossary will help you describe women’s and men’s work activities accurately, using simple, straightforward, precise and bias-free language.

Aim to use gender-neutral words where possible. If you do use a gender-coded word, try to balance it with other words. All words have been run through the Gender Bias Decoder​. ​Words marked with an asterisk “*” are gender-coded and should be balanced with other terms.