#9 Addition of sub-levels under Levels of Responsibility: change request declined
For each of 7 levels in current SFIA framework can be further categorized into 3 sub-levels : Entry(a) , Middle(b) and Exit(c)
The subcategories of LoR might help assessor to convey candidate which level he is currently and what he needs to do to move to next level e.g. currently he is at level 4(b) and he has to acquire certain skills in order to move to 4(c) before he can think of getting promoted to Level 5(a)
This can give probably more confidence to candidate as clear visibility of level he is at currently and what will be his next LoR, if he acquires certain skills.
Depending on organisation , it can be inferred that on average it takes 12 to 24 months for a candidate to move from level 'a' to level 'b' (upto level 4) and 24 to 36 months for level 5 and above
What we decided
The creation of 3 sub levels would, in effect, create a framework of c.21 levels.
- it would increase the level of complexity in SFIA
- would require significant work to create 3 sub-levels
- and is likely to be very specific to organisational context
If this is considered valuable; SFIA users / partenrs / consultants could develop a limited "prototype" of what this might look like and share this with the SFIA Design Authority Board.
The addition of time periods for development of skills is outside the scope of SFIA as a generic framework.
- some employers may feel able to describe this for their own internal career paths
- Attainment of SFIA skill levels depends on gathering real world work experience . So progress through levels is highly dependent on being give stretch opportunities. This is especially true for the higher SFIA levels.
- As such the SFIA framework cannot prescribe developmental time periods.