State Employee Equity Initiative and Virginia Tech Employee Initiatives

From: Division of Human Resources

Following is a message from Governor Ralph Northam’s office announcing the launch of a new state application system on July 1, 2019 and updates to the State Compensation Policy.

These state-level changes complement work that Virginia Tech’s Division of Human Resources also has underway to retain existing talent and attract new talent, where needed, to help the university achieve our Beyond Boundaries vision and strategic plan.

On July 22, Human Resources (HR) will launch its new recruiting and onboarding system, PageUp. The system offers enhanced capability for job seekers to find and apply for positions at Virginia Tech. Shortened university staff and faculty applications and other features — such as not requiring applicants to provide salary history, a practice the university stopped requiring some time ago – are built into the system. Other features, such as integrated workflows from the time a position is approved to hiring, electronic signatures for offers, online submission of the new hire and internal transfer forms, and an onboarding portal that steps new employees through key hiring tasks, will provide a streamlined recruiting and hiring experience for managers and applicants.

The university’s compensation program has included greater flexibility in pay adjustments, which will be further enhanced in the new academic year. For the past several years, Virginia Tech has used market data to inform pay decisions and trained managers and HR practitioners to use an assessment of candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), market data, and internal equity considerations to make pay decisions for staff. In July 2019, the university used this existing flexibility to raise the minimum starting pay for full-time, benefits-eligible staff employees to $12 per hour, and provided additional increases to other employees to address compression. In January 2020, the university will implement a $500 taxable supplement to employees making less than $35,500 to help offset work-related expenses such as childcare and parking costs.

“It is great to be a part of a university and state that places high value on the hard work and contributions of all employees,” said Bryan Garey, vice president for human resources. “For Virginia Tech, new systems such as PageUp will help us improve our hiring and onboarding processes, which are proven to increase employee retention. The work that we are doing in compensation is a direct response to address our employees’ feedback and continue building on Virginia Tech’s reputation as being a great place to work.”

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From: Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam

Dear State Employees:

Among the top goals of my administration are the fostering of an inclusive and equitable workforce, and attracting and retaining top talent. To that end, I am pleased to announce that the Commonwealth will launch a new employment equity initiative on July 1, 2019.

Spearheaded by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), this initiative will include the introduction of a modern, streamlined and competitive state job application process, along with revisions to the State Compensation Policy to better support fair and equitable pay. It will adopt industry-wide best practices in compensation and employment, and is long overdue to ensure that our processes are free of unconscious bias.

What’s new with the Virginia Jobs application process?

  • You will be able to submit a resume in lieu of a full State Application.
  • You will only need to list relevant work experience.
  • You can apply to job postings from your mobile device.
  • We will remove previously required information for a more streamlined process.

While the look of the website will be refreshed, your login credentials will remain the same. With these enhancements, you will be able to update your profile to match your experience and skill sets. However, previous versions of your application will remain in the system through August 31st to allow time to transition to the new process.

What’s new with the State Compensation Policy?

  • The new policy will provide a framework for fair and equitable pay.
  • We will eliminate provisions that base starting pay and future salary adjustments solely on previous or existing salary.
  • Salary actions will be based on three salary alignment fairness factors – experience, knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), and  relevant credentials.
  • We will work to ensure that the salaries of employees with comparable credentials doing comparable work are fairly aligned.


If you have questions about these changes, please contact your agency HR office. You may also visit the DHRM website for Virginia Jobs or Compensation Policy