In my research questionnaire, I wanted people from all over the Welsh public service to identify their job level.
I looked at organisational stratification literature which mainly came from the private sector and military. They offered weird and wonderful job levels like: individual contributor and intermediate non-managerial. They were uncommon and no help at all to me!
So, I developed my own that I thought would be more relevant to the public service.
My Job Levels Framework started out with four levels but after doing a pilot questionnaire, it expanded to 5: operational, business, management, senior management and strategic.
I’d love this Framework to be helpful beyond my research and I’ve thought of 3 applications:
- Establishing common pay levels across organisations, so that we can make further headway on the ‘equal work for equal pay’ and ‘gender pay gap’ agendas.
- Who’s seen training advertised for ‘experienced managers’ or ‘budding execs’? All a bit vague…My framework could be used to better publicise training for the right people
- With a common functions level framework we’d be better able to move people around in a crisis, not just within organisation but between them too
Let me know if you think of other helpful applications!