Job Sizing

Job Sizing

Job Sizing is the process by which the grade for a particular role is established.  It is an assessment of a role not a person.

This page provides the detail for how to size roles that are vacant or soon to be vacant.  You should revert to information on the Job Sizing Framework if the role you are considering has a current incumbent. 

Job Sizing Policy

The Job Sizing Policy contains detailed information on the principles of job sizing, the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders involved in the process and how records are stored.  The Job Sizing Policy also contains a detailed breakdown of the job sizing factors and the scoring methodology used by the Job Sizing Committee.

Read the Job Sizing Policy now.

The Job Sizing Process

Step 1: Read the Job Sizing Policy and supporting documentation.

Step 2: The Vice–President/College Principal/ Head of School/Unit submits the following documentation to UCD HR, Promotions and Grading, ensuring that all details are correct and forms are signed in the appropriate place by the required signatories as specified on the form (a digital signature will suffice):

  • A Job Description
  • Job Sizing Application Form
  • An Organisational Chart

Step 3: Promotions & Grading forward this documentation is forwarded to the Job Sizing Committee (JSC).

Step 4: The JSC assesses all the applications against the following factors: Work Complexity; Decision Making; Relationships; Capability; Impact and Supervision.

Step 5: Following the JSC meeting, Promotions and Grading will notify the relevant Vice–President/College Principal/Head of School/Unit of the outcome of their Job Sizing application. 

Step 6: New or vacant re-graded posts will be forwarded to UCD HR, Resourcing for advertising.

Why is Job Sizing used?

Job Sizing is used to ensure consistency in the application of job grades to administrative roles across the University, giving due consideration to the roles, responsibilities and requirements of particular roles and the organisational context of the work area.

Are all jobs assessed?

Job Sizing arises in several different ways:

  • When a new role is being created (temporary or permanent) with a duration of more than one year
  • When a vacancy arises in a role that has never been graded/sized
  • Where any changes are being made to an existing role that has become vacant (updating/refreshing/future proofing)
  • Where a temporary role of less than one year, that has never been graded/sized, is extended
  • Where a role that has not been graded in at least 4 years is considered by the manager to have materially changed in a way that could affect the grade, and there is an incumbent who has 4+ years service in the role who will be able to benefit from promotion without competition if the role is deemed to be at a higher grade. If you have a role that falls into this category an application can be submitted through the Job Sizing Framework.  

Current Membership of the Job Sizing Committee

  • Head of School (Chair) or other nominee of the President (Professor Peter Duffy)
  • Union Representative (Ms Helen Kenny)
  • Senior member of staff of UCD HR (Ms Elaine Hassett)

Relevant Documents 

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The Job Sizing Committee normally meets on a monthly basis to consider applications for job sizing. Please ensure that you take into account that the closing date for the submission of applications is normally four weeks in advance of each meeting. Please see above/below for the specific closing and meeting dates for the current year.

 

Dates of Job Sizing Meetings 2021 - 2022

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications to UCD HR Promotions & Grading

18th May 2021

20th April 2021

15th June 2021

18th May 2021

20th July 2021 (provisional - regular job sizing only)

22nd June 2021

17th August 2021 (provisional - regular job sizing only)

20th July 2021 

21st September 2021 

24th August 2021 

19th October 2021

 21st September 2021

16th November 2021 

19th October 2021 

14th December 2021 

16th November 2021

25th January 2022 

21st December 2021 

22nd February 2022 

25th January 2022

22nd March 2022 

22nd February 2022 

19th April 2022

22nd March 2022

17th May 2022

19th April 2022

14th June 2022

17th May 2022

Please note that late applications are not accepted. Any applications received after a closing date are automatically included for the next available Job Sizing meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The job description outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the position and it also outlines the required competencies to carry out the role.  The application form requires managers to provide additional context for the role under the six factors upon which the role is resized.  It is important that the information in the job description and application form complement each other.

 

Your organisation chart should show existing administrative roles in your unit.  You should include the job titles and grades of these roles but no names of individual incumbents. You should view the sample chart provided for your information. 

Please take time to read the support documentation provided and have your own Line Manager or HRP to look over the full application. 



Existing job descriptions may only be used as a guide. If the role has not been in your unit before, a full application must be submitted to the Job Sizing Committee.  A job sizing reference number belongs only to the original unit the role was sized for.  The decision on your role is made with the full context of the application form and org structure documentation you submit for review.  It is not guaranteed that the same grade will be assigned in your unit.



For a new vacancy of a role that has never existed in the area previously and for replacement roles where the line manager does not feel that the existing job description accurately describes the current requirement of the role.



If you wish to update or make a change to an already sized job description, you should submit this for review at the next Job Sizing Committee meeting.  The Job Sizing Committee must ensure that the changes you have made do not impact the grade already assigned.  You will need to submit a job description with your change/updates on view.  Note: if you are making substantial changes, a new full application may be required.



Line managers are encouraged to submit an application for new or replacement roles at the earliest possible opportunity.  This is to allow for the time it takes an application to be considered by the Job Sizing Committee who normally meet on a monthly basis.  For example, a line manager could submit an application in April for a role that they do not intend to advertise until September. 



The Job Sizing Committee normall meet on a monthly basis to consider applications for job sizing.  Please ensure that you take into account that the closing date for the submission of applications is normally four weeks in advance of each meeting.  Please see the current schedule of meetings for the specific closing and meeting dates for the current year.