Job families

There are 17 job families which help improve our structure and flexibility.

They will help you find opportunities to develop your career and help with planning for the future.

The 17 job families relate to jobs that have been through single status grading.


What is a job family

A job family is a group of jobs with common features.

Each job family contains a number of levels, each reflecting different job outputs, skills, knowledge and experience.

Although the level of responsibility, skill or competence required to do the work may be different, the essential nature of the activities carried out and basic skills used are similar.

The number of levels will vary for each job family depending on the scope and range of responsibilities.

Each of the levels in a job family corresponds to a grade and each has a role profile.

There are many benefits for developing job families, these include:

  • providing a career development framework - especially when linked to competencies
  • improving the way we describe jobs and measure results
  • providing a clear transparent approach to roles
  • helping us modernise the way we work
  • simplifying the job evaluation process
  • helping us ensure consistency and equity in pay
  • supporting workforce development.

Each of our 17 job families has a job family lead who will provide professional leadership for the family.

The job family leads have been involved in the development of their own family and allocation of jobs to it.

Role profiles

These describe the typical responsibilities, knowledge, skills and experience required of jobs at a particular level in a job family.

Each level within a family equates to a grade in the pay and grading structure.

The role profile explains the purpose of the roles within the grade and what is expected of a person at that grade, if they are to do a good job.

Job families and role profiles do not mean changes to your terms and conditions of employment such as base location or working patterns. Nor does it mean your manager or the work you do will change. You may belong in one family and your manager in another.

Job titles have been simplified as part of the move to job families.

Job and person profiles

All vacancies will be advertised using job and person profiles which will only be used during recruitment to inform applicants about a vacancy.

They describe key result areas rather than detailed tasks and incorporate relevant information from the existing job description, person specification (where up to date) and job family role profile.

See the related documents section of this page for job families and a diagram of how job families help modernise the way we work.

If you have any questions please contact your manager or departmental human resources officer.

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

The following document is in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.

The following document is in Excel format. You can download software to view Excel documents for free from the Excel viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.