SIR Data Insights is a completely new service designed to offer adult, voluntary and community sector providers a powerful data tool to inform and support workforce planning.

Unlike previous systems which focused on data collection, the new service has been designed to give providers immediate benefit in return for contributing data.

If you are an adult education service, local authority learning service or a third sector provider, you now have a free bespoke benchmarking tool available which can give a fresh perspective on your workforce data and help you to compare your operation with other providers.

Benefits of the new SIR Data Insights service include the ability to:

  • Benchmark vital management data including pay, staff qualifications, age, gender, ethnicity
  • Compare practice in different areas of your operation
  • Carry out an effective quality check on your HR data
  • Understand your workforce profile in order to inform your recruitment policy and advertising

The window for submitting your 2016/17 staff data is from 1st August to 31st October, with a preview available from 1st July, but you can login to the overall the system now to see how it works.

If you have submitted data in previous years, you will already be able to see how your data looks in the management dashboards alongside benchmark data, including the 2015/16 benchmark data.

If you have not submitted SIR data before, you can find more information about the SIR Data Insights service and the benefits it offers on this website, including a preview of how the management dashboards show benchmark data.

The benchmark data reports for 2015/16 submission will be available on the website shortly. You can download the 2014/15 benchmark reports here:

Each year the workforce data collected from across the sector is aggregated, analysed and reported on. You can download the annual workforce report for 2015/16 from this website.

You can access the annual workforce data reports for previous years on the Education and Training Foundation's website.