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The University of Southampton
Human Resources

Market supplements

The University is committed to the principles of equal pay for work of equal value. The way we grade posts, and therefore the salary range, is determined by the outcome of job evaluation.

However there are occasions when the grading determined for a post results in an inability to successfully recruit to or retain staff in particular posts. In such cases it may be appropriate to pay a market supplement in addition to the salary to ensure that such a post is filled. Such a supplement is lawful under the Equal Pay Act (1970) where there is evidence to justify that market factors are the “material reason” for the post attracting a higher rate of pay than other posts graded similarly.

For further guidance we recommend you speak to Ask HR or our Reward team.

Business case template for Market Supplement

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