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Higher Responsibility Zone (HRZ)

The Higher Responsibility Zone (HRZ) is a discretionary pay zone above the core pay ranges at Levels 1 to 5 in the University's grading structure. The HRZ enables staff at the top of a specific level to be remunerated appropriately if and when they are required to assume significant additional responsibilities. A Responsibility Allowance may be used where staff at Level 6 are required to assume significant additional responsibilities.

The HRZ is used where a role's requirements aren’t enough to warrant a re-grade to the next level, yet it’s clear that the role holder is assuming responsibilities over and above the 'norm' for the role level.

The policy below provides guidance to support a fair and consistent way of rewarding staff using the HRZ. Applications should be made using the applicable Online HR Request (link below).

Related Documents

Policy - Higher Responsiblity Zone (HRZ)

Policy - Responsibility Allowance Level 6 - July 2014

Policy - Pay Protection Level 6 - July 2014

Business case template - Higher Responsibility Zone

Online HR Request - HRZ application

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