SIR Data Insights, formerly the Staff Individualised Record (SIR) system, is a new service designed to offer colleges a powerful data tool to inform and support workforce planning.

Piloted for the 2015/16 national workforce data collection, the philosophy behind the new service is a radical departure from previous versions of the SIR, which were focused on data collection and only on the needs of policy makers and researchers. The aim of the new service is much broader: to give colleges an immediate benefit in return for contributing data; to inform government policy; and to provide data for sector bodies like the Association of Colleges.

The key features of SIR Data Insights that differ from the old SIR system are as follows:

  • The data fields collected have been expanded, in consultation with providers, to enhance reporting
  • New upload tools have been incorporated to make data submission fast and easy
  • Once data has been uploaded, it is immediately visible in the management dashboards
  • The dashboards also provide benchmarking data for comparison

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 reports here: