Sex and Pay in the Federal Government: Using Job Evaluation Systems to Implement Comparable Worth

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Appendix C: The Primary Standard

The Primary Standard serves as a "standard-for-standards" for the Factor Evaluation System (FES). Factor-level descriptions for position classification standards are point-rated against the Primary Standard. Thus, it serves as a basic tool for maintaining alignment across occupations.

The Primary Standard has descriptions of each of the nine FES factors and the levels within each factor as well as the point values appropriate for each level. The nine factors are:

Factor 1, Knowledge Required by the Position 1850
Factor 2, Supervisory Controls 650
Factor 3, Guidelines 650
Factor 4, Complexity 450
Factor 5, Scope and Effect 450
Factor 6, Personal Contacts 110
Factor 7, Purpose of Contacts 220
Factor 8, Physical Demands 50
Factor 9, Work Environment 50
Maximum points 4480
Source: U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1977:40-53

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