An upgrade of a job classification is when the pay grade of an existing job classification is changed to a higher pay grade or pay range. To change the pay grade of a particular job classification, a request must be made in writing from the department head to the Human Resource Department. This request should be supported by data such as salary survey information from comparative labor markets and/or internal comparisons to other city jobs with comparable levels of expertise and qualifications. This data should document why such a change is necessary to be competitive. This material will be reviewed and confirmed by Human Resource Department staff members for appropriateness. Consideration will be given to the impact on multiple departments with positions in the same classification. Job analysis and job evaluation procedures may then be performed before any final recommendation is made by the Human Resource Department. Additionally, the human resource director may forward his or her recommendation for approval by the mayor, Administrative Committee, Finance Committee (if funds are needed) and/or Full Council to amend the pay plan exhibits.