How is it done

The benchmarking methodology is a disciplined approach for determining the relative importance and value of different jobs, and the critical relationships between. It ensures that jobs are compared based on requirements and accountabilities, and not by title, status or other bias.

In order to ensure that jobs of similar requirements and accountabilities are compared, emphasis is put on the core content of each function, reflecting the level of responsibility (knowledge, skills and supervision level) and complexity of tasks.

The salary benchmarking methodology provides guidelines for every step of the process, from identification and selection of appropriate organisations, training and tools for the execution of interviews, ensuring that accurate and most needed information is provided, to the final analysis process.

Remuneration elements benchmarked are Total Guaranteed Cash (Gross Basic/Starting Point Salary + all Fixed Allowances).

The analysis follows the “Common Frame” which is MSF HR field guideline frame to ensure that recommendations are both in line with MSF’s pay policy for National Staff as well as the local Labour Law.

Participating employers are by majority international NGOs, international private and local private employers, and (national and international) public sector organizations. The aim is to show a cross-section of the entire labour market in any country.

Interviews are performed personally and face-to-face, and cover general policies and practices, comparable functions, as well as additional HR and organisational information.