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Classification and Compensation Study Information

The Department of Administration's Division of Human Resources embarked on a system-wide classification and compensation redesign study for all Executive Branch Classified Service jobs. In most cases, the current job descriptions do not accurately reflect the work performed, are too narrowly defined, do not reflect a modem work environment, and are generally out of date. Rhode Island needs a classification and compensation system that is flexible, simple and easy to manage and understand. In order to accomplish this objective, the Department of Administration retained the services of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. (GBS), a leading national consulting firm.

To assist in the study, all Executive Branch Classified employees were asked to complete a Position Description Questionnaire (PDQ) regarding their assigned duties. The PDQ was a tool used to update job descriptions and ensure that employees are compensated fairly for the work they perform. Completing the PDQ was the first step of the study, the results of which were translated into recommendations and are being discussed with all parties to develop a path forward for implementation.


To download and view the Completing the PDQ Informational Video, click here.

To view the audio script, click here.


To download and view the Classification and Compensation Study Informational Video, click here. To view the audio script, click here.

Below are several resources regarding the study and the questionnaire.


Have a question? Contact us at: doa.hrclass@hr.ri.gov

Download Adobe Reader for free to complete the PDQ: http://get.adobe.com/reader/