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Oct 26, 2017 - Wage Comparability: Usable Data for Planning
Date:  Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Time:  8:00am
Location:  Hilton Durham Near Duke University, Durham, NC
Contact:, 800-882-7482

View Brochure for complete description, agenda and hotel information, and to register by fax, PDF or mail.

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NEW! Register for both this event and the October 24-25th Aligning Community Assessment to Your 5-Year Grant Application event (same location) and receive a discounted registration rate for the Wage Comparability event. View Aligning Community Assessment to Your 5-Year Grant Application event description HERE.
Standard Registration: $199
Discounted fee if also registered to attend 10/24-25 Aligning Community Assessment: $179
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers Rates - some restrictions apply:
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $139
Discounted fee if also registered to attend 10/24-25 Aligning Community Assessment: $109
.575 CEUs (5.75 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25

All programs must follow the requirement from the Head Start Act (Sec. 653 Comparability of Wages) to compare the average rate of compensation paid in the area where the program is carried out with the wages paid by the agency. With a close reading of this requirement, some programs may have a need to create their own studies utilizing local data with which to compare data. This focus upon local (or approximately local) information should provide a truer picture of the wages paid relative to the local employment market.

In the past, many have labored with surveys, survey methodology, and confidence levels to use the comparability of wage information to develop wage scales for their programs. Recently, enlightened organizations have started using the information available from the public labor statistics. The estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas within states.

Using this publicly available data, Human Resource staff will be able to define, create, and defend their locally determined wage ranges. Wage Comparability: Usable Data for Planning will impart the skills necessary to create wage ranges for positions. It is designed to be simple to approach and implement, and is not considered a statistically rigorous activity.

Instead of burying managers and Governing Body members in statistical information, the purpose of Wage Comparability: Usable Data for Planning is to provide usable data for future planning of program goals and objectives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to ensure Human Resource staff are aware of job duty requirements vis-a-vie the latest Performance Standards;
  • How to use publicly available data, Performance Standards’ requirements, and local agency job descriptions to justify BLS Occupational Groups chosen for data reference;
  • How to create wage curves and place local data along these curves;
  • How to use the placement of local program wages along the data curve for similar jobs in the community as a basis for discussing staff hiring and recruitment issues; and
  • Examine hiring practices in light of Community Assessment and Self-Assessment data in order to have a robust conversation with Governing Bodies around the topic of ages and numbers of children to be served and staff required (Program Design).


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