Surely the pay band should be pegged to the job, not the person? If an academic genius chooses to work in an Equipment Library (or, indeed, as a hospital porter ... or anything else for that matter), that's OK. It's up to them. And, personally, I admire such people (I sometimes do work that some would regard as menial myself).

But they should not also expect special treatment when it comes to pay, just because they have a PhD (or whatever). smile

If you don't inspect ... don't expect.