Number of HR departments with data analyst

There is a need for dedicated analysts in the HR department, but little momentum, according to a new study.

Data is becoming increasingly central to most HR decisions, from recruiting to engagement to D&I. However, few HR departments actually employ their own experts to make sense of this data, according to a new study.

XpertHR HR metrics survey 2020 of 420 U.S. employers found that a large majority (91%) had HR teams that analyze at least one HR-related metric, but just 15% had their own data analyst. Although most do not have a dedicated HR data analyst, the employers surveyed are most interested in studying staff turnover, tracking staff time, absences, training costs and cost per hire. .

What this means for HR managers

These numbers are best explored by a data analyst who is specifically assigned to an HR unit, says Andrew Hellwege, survey editor at XpertHR.

“As data and analytics continue to gain in importance,” he says, “investing in this type of analyst position can help organizations strengthen their workforce management and ultimately achieve better their business objectives ”.

However, current conditions, according to Hellwege, could prevent many people from taking this important step.

“Given the financial strains and economic uncertainty of the pandemic – and a potentially slow economic recovery – many organizations are unlikely to invest in a new HR staff position when they are struggling to reach. both ends, ”he says. “So it might be a while before this type of position spreads. “

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Jen Colletta is editor-in-chief of EDH. She graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia with a BA and MA in writing and spent 10 years as a journalist and editor before joining EDH. She can be reached at [email protected]

Sean N. Ayres