2nd Stage Process FAQ's - NSS

Who does the 2nd Stage apply to / when should I consider the 2nd Stage Process?

This process is applied after a newly appointed postholder has been in the new post for a reasonable period of time and is familiar with the role and the job requirements.  Some posts may need a period of 3 – 6 months, while others may be subject to seasonal variations requiring 6 to 12 months to determine the full job demands. It is recognised that new posts need a period of time to allow the job to “bed down” and to enable the full requirements of the new post to be clear to both the postholder and the manager.

Will a 2nd Stage New Post impact my current band?

The job description should be reviewed and revised, as appropriate in line with the 2nd Stage of the Evaluation of New Post Process, by the postholder and line manager. This may or may not change the pay band but the important point is that the job description has been reviewed to ensure that it fully reflects the role.

How long should I expect the 2nd Stage New Post process to take?

The timescale target for the 2nd Stage New Post Process is that the outcome should be notified to the postholder(s) and line manager within 4 weeks from the date the amended job description is submitted. However, however the Job Evaluation panels seek to complete posts earlier than this timescale wherever possible.

What if I am not happy with the outcome of my 2nd Stage New Post?

Should the postholder be dissatisfied with the outcome once it has been notified, they should discuss this with their line manager in the first instance. They have an option to seek a Job Evaluation Review Request within 4 weeks (20 working days) of the notification of the band outcome. Any job evaluation review application should be supported by the line manager.

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