New employees will usually begin at Step 1 of the salary grade for their job classification. If the individual possesses outstanding qualifications in terms of education, related experience, or bilingual skills, that individual may be started at an increased rate not to exceed Step 6 of the salary grade. If the starting salary is above Step 1, the employee will not be eligible for a provisional salary increase. Any starting salary other than Step 1 of the applicable grade requires the approval of the State Court Administrator or State Probation Administrator based upon the written recommendation of the supervisor. Written recommendations for an increased hiring rate must include the reasons why the applicant should be paid more than the hiring rate.