Labor Market Information

A labor market analysis shows how other employers with comparable positions pay their employees. An analysis can help University managers and supervisors determine the right pay level for a new position or current employee. It can also help them make decisions about retention or internal equity.

Requesting Market Data

The compensation staff will conduct custom salary surveys if little or no published data is available for University jobs. Managers can request a competitive labor market survey for any position they supervise by contacting the Office of Human Resources at 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363 in Greater Minnesota).

What Is the University's Labor Market?

The University's competitive labor market is defined as the organizations that are sources of new employees to the University, or the destinations for our departing employees. Some jobs are unique to the University, and labor market information may not be available. There may not be comparable jobs or market survey data for every job at the University.

The University compares itself to the service market (other employers providing the same product or service) as well as the labor market (other employers competing for the same talent or employees).

In general, labor markets vary from job to job. They may be local, regional, or national, both private sector and public sector, including higher education. They may include a broad range of employers or a specific type of employer.

Labor market information ensures fair compensation, helps to attract and retain University employees, and provides information so management can allocate resources effectively.

Making Pay Decisions

Market information is one factor that managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals consider in making pay decisions and recommendations. Other factors include:

  • Internal equity within the work group
  • Work performance
  • Education, certification, licensure
  • Related work experience
  • University/college/unit budget

Broadbanded Classifications

Broadbanded classification descriptions are broad in scope and describe a general body of work, not the specific duties and responsibilities belonging to all the positions allocated to that classification. Titles are general and are designed to identify and define the job family. The titles provide a consistent and common standard by which these families can be utilized across the University.

The following job families are broadbanded at the University:

  • IT Professional - non-exempt
  • IT Professional - exempt

Salary ranges of broadbanded classifications are based on current labor market information and represent a wider spread than those ranges currently in use at the University. In some bands there is no salary range maximum. The midpoint rate of the range represents the market average for all of the different jobs in that particular classification.

For assistance in determining the appropriate pay for an employee in a broadbanded position, including labor market data requests, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363 in Greater Minnesota).