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June 11, 1999

Revised pay matrix gives more latitude on starting salaries

by Anne Dolan

Council members reviewed the revised pay matrix for professional and scientific employees during the June 3 P&S Council meeting.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the pay matrix ( Comp/P&Spay9900.html) at its May meeting. The first change is a shift upward in the salary range of each pay grade: a 2 percent increase for each minimum and a 3 percent increase at the high end of each pay grade.

The second change is the merging of five points within each pay grade to four. Gone are the "first quartile" and "third quartile" points. The new matrix includes the former pay minimum and maximum, a pay grade midpoint and a new "first third" point. The hiring range has been extended through this "first third" salary level.

Assistant provost Ellen Rasmussen, the Provost Office liaison to the council, said the new matrix, which takes effect July 1, gives greater flexibility to hiring units to offer competitive salaries. Currently, the allowed hiring range extends through the first quartile and when a hiring unit wants to offer a starting salary above the first quartile, it must obtain special permission from the Provost Office. The new policy allows higher starting salaries before special permission is required.

Some council members noted that the revised matrix doesn't alter some P&S staff frustration with the slow pace at which their salaries advance through their pay grades. Members of the council's compensation and benefits committee said they will look into holding a forum in the fall on the pay matrix.

In other business:

The council will not meet in July and holds its annual planning retreat Wednesday, Aug. 4, at McFarland Park.

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