The first quarter of a pay range is considered the range of fair value for a newly hired employee meeting the standard specifications of the job. New employees are typically hired in the first quarter of the range. However, in establishing appropriate starting rates the hiring department should consider factors such as education and experience beyond the minimum requirements for the position, directly related unique skills and competencies, strength of the relevant job market, and internal equity within the department See Internal Equity Adjustments.
Departments that are starting new employees between April 1 and June 30 should anticipate the outcome of the annual Mass Salary Update(if allocated by the Regents - see here) as a factor when negotiating a starting salary offer. Hiring officials should contact their HR Consultants for guidance when establish salary rates for new employees.
Staff Employees Hired Under an Employment Contract
Unless otherwise authorized by the President, contract-based staff appointments are typically established for a period of up to one (1) year, subject to renegotiation for renewal effective July 1 of each year. However, in cases where the initial appointment date falls between April 1 and June 30, the new contract should be established with an end date of June 30 of the ensuing fiscal year, not subject to renewal at the end of the current fiscal year. In such cases the starting salary rate should anticipate the outcome of the annual "Mass Salary Update" for the current fiscal year.
All other administrative processes for such contracts, including approvals, are the same as for annual contracts.
Employees Hired into Bargaining Unit Positions
For employees whose position classifications are included in a collective bargaining unit, please refer to the appropriate bargaining agreement.