Step 2: Current workforce profile

Step 2: Current workforce profile


You know where you want to go, but what do you know about the people that will get you there? After looking at your business needs and goals it is important to review what you know about your existing workforce and what is going to need to change to help you meet your goals. After all, your staff are the ones that will get you there.

Information is power – and the more information you have about your staff, the better you will be able to identify strategies to get the most from your team.


The types of information that are useful when looking at the current profile and needs of your workforce are:

  • employee data, such as: demographics, distributions, staffing levels, pay rates, staff retention rates
  • vacancy and recruitment activities, for example: vacancy lengths, recruitment rates, application numbers
  • exit information (this may be sought through employee surveys, termination information, resignation letters)
  • influences on staff (for example change in business direction, budgets, market pressures)
  • current skills, competencies and development aspirations of your staff
  • how staff are rewarded and recognised
  • comparisons between your information and that of similar organisations, or with national data.  

Templates available:

Current Workforce Profile: Basic

Current Workforce Profile: Comprehensive

My Workforce Strengths Analysis




Information is gold!


Skills Active Workforce Scans provide access to national industry data.


For information on your industry at a regional and national level, please contact our Skills Active advisors.