Job Families and Other Taxonomies

Robinson D | HR Network Paper MP15 | Institute for Employment Studies | Feb 2002

This paper has been written following discussions with IES colleagues, and informed further by a literature search on the subject of job families.

All our member organisations use a variety of employee taxonomies, for different purposes and with varying degrees of success, and several have experimented with the job family approach.

We are interested in what works, and what does not, and in the organisational factors that need to be in place for an employee taxonomy to be usable and useful.