Workforce data and SIR Data Insights

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Understanding trends and patterns within the FE sector workforce is important for providers, for policy makers and for sector bodies. Common themes, such as average salary, average age, gender balance and percentage of qualified staff, help to inform decision making and strategic activity.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is tasked with leading on workforce data collection across the FE sector and publishing summary reports.

Please use the links below to download reports:

Data has always been collected at individual staff contract level from colleges through the Staff Individualised Record (SIR) system, which includes anonymised staff contract data. Up to 2015/16, the data describing the workforce in private, statutory and third sector providers has been generated by surveys distributed through their respective networks and with the help of the relevant membership bodies.

In 2015/16, the Foundation undertook a major refresh to consolidate all data collection and reporting activity into one new, user-friendly national service, SIR Data Insights. For the first time, the service collected anonymised data at individual staff contract level from all types of provider in the sector, not just colleges. The data set was also extended to include additional fields to make reporting more useful, including data on qualifications and CPD.

SIR Data Insights is now in its second year of operation after a successful pilot in 2015/16. The new service has been designed to make data collection as easy as possible for providers and to offer additional benefits in return for contributing data, including powerful management dashboards and benchmark comparisons. The Foundation is requesting all providers funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency to register on the service to receive information, access benefits and submit data.

For detailed information on SIR Data Insights, together with comments from existing users, visit the website.