A job family is a collection of related jobs that requires employees having similar knowledge, skills and abilities at different levels. Thus, a job family has jobs at progressing levels defining a career path for an individual, with incremental requirement of the similar knowledge, skills and abilities.
Job families help in providing flexibility to managers while selecting employees with differing competencies and thus helping in devising an effective training and development plan for the job family. This even helps in succession planning for high potential employees in the organization. This in turn helps in employee retention and better human resource management.