What is a Job Description?

Job Description definition

A document that sets out various information about a job role – the information on there will vary depending on whether the job description is to be used solely as an internal resource, for example to guide the appraisal process, or as a document to give to prospective candidates.

The information may include:

  • Responsibilities and remit
  • The direct superior and other key relationships
  • Essential and desirable professional competencies
  • Essential and desirable personal qualities
  • Salary scale and pay grade
  • Benefits
  • Working hours

Job descriptions should be regularly updated over time as the role evolves and shifts.