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Atos maps its skills to aid career development

IT consultancy Atos Origin has mapped the skills needed for all of the company's job roles to help its 46,000 staff worldwide plan their careers more effectively.

Employees can use the map of job descriptions to discover what training they will need to get more highly paid jobs or to plan a change of career within the firm.

Atos Origin has mapped 6,500 UK employees to the skills matrix and has assigned their roles to broad job categories that require similar skills and abilities. They include 31 IT categories and 25 non-IT categories.

"If you are on the intranet, you can click on to the reference job and it will take you through to a job description," said Clare Edwards, head of HR for systems integration at Atos Origin.

Atos has given each job a skill rating between zero and 10 so that employees can find out which roles they could move into by learning new skills. Unskilled jobs have a rating of zero and senior management roles have a rating of 10.

Edwards said, "The thing that would differentiate employees [in the same role] would be their objectives, which would determine their goals for that year."

Atos Origin's job matrix, which it calls its Global Capability Model, is also used by managers when promoting, hiring or sacking staff.

The system was developed after the acquisition of two rival consultancies. Atos said it needed to impose a common set of skills across the business. The jobs map was a more methodical approach to setting skills than other assessment methods, it added.

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