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2961945 - Position Code(MDF Objects) Auto Generation Skipping Sequence


When using auto-generated for MDF Object like position code sequence, the sequence is skipping values.

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Assign a workflow to the Position object
  2. Check sequence ID (e.g 1001)
  3. Create a new position
  4. Approve the workflow
  5. Notice the sequence is now set to 1003 (sequence increased by two)


The issue is caused to the logic of generating codes for All MDF objects such as the Position Object.

If a workflow is tiggerd or a raise message is triggered or when position import is validated, the sequence is incremented on each of these, meaning there are numbers in the sequence which are being skipped.

When the workflow is triggered, a sequence code is selected and held, then, once when the workflow is approved and saved, the sequence number is skipped and the next one is selected. The same logic occurs for raise messages.


This is currently expected and there's no plans to correct this issue.

The auto-generation is configured as described here: Employee Central Position Management - Generate Position Code Automatically

NOTE: Development team confirmed that by design system cannot guarantee that the sequence will not be skipped.

FAQ - Additional Information

Q) Where can I get Guide?

A) Guide: Employee Central Position Management

Chapter: sequence


See Also

  • 2961945 - Position Code Auto Generation Skipping Sequence
  • 2415444 - Position Code not Generated Based on Business Rule When Copying a Position
  • 2576810 - Position Sequence Skipping Increments When Copying Positions or continuing the warning message
  • 2318852 - Employee Central - Position Management


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