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Fairpay Company
123 Any Road
Toronto, Ontario

This is an example of a pay equity plan originally posted by the Fairpay Company to show the results of job-to-job comparisons. The plan was then amended to show the results of a proportional value comparison.

Date of posting and pay equity adjustments​​

Fairpay Company has;posted;the following pay equity plan on January 1st, 1993.

Pay equity adjustments will begin January 1st, 1994.


This plan covers all employees of Fairpay Company who are located at 123 Any Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Table 1: Job Classes – Male and Female

The following job classes are female job classes The following job classes are male job classes
Accounting Clerk Accountant
Accounting Supervisor Controller
Administrative Assistant Market Analyst
Customer Service Clerk Marketing Manager
Marketing Coordinator President
Receptionist Programmer
Secretary Sales Manager
Sales Representative
Warehouse Manager

Method of​​​ comparison​​

A gender neutral job comparison system was used to measure the value of each job class. Points were assigned to each job class based on the following factors and subfactors:

Table 2: Gender neutral job comparison system

Factors Subfactors
Skill (30%)
  • Knowledge (10%)
  • Problem-solving/judgement (12%)
  • Interpersonal skills/contacts (8%)
Effort (25%)
  • Mental effort (15%)
  • Physical effort (10%)
Responsibility (35%)
  • Human resources (12%)
  • Financial resources (8 %)
  • Information resources (10%)
  • Material resources (5%)
Working Conditions (10%)
  • Environment (10%)

Evaluations were carried out by a committee.

Job classes of equal or comparable value were determined by dividing the system into point bands, 75 points wide.

Compa​​rison results​​

Following are female job classes that found male comparators, their male comparator job classes, and the total pay equity adjustment needed in each case:

Table 3: Female job classes with male comparators and total pay equity adjustment

Female Job Class Subfactors Male Comparator Job Class Points Pay Equity Adjustment
Accounting Supervisor


Programmer 555 $1.00/hr
Administrative Assistant


Shipper/Receiver 470 $1.00/hr

Permis​sible differences​​

No permissible differences were found between job rates of female and male job classes.

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