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.


Having the right kind of information is key to good workforce planning. 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 you're looking for

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 against national data.

Skills Active Workforce Scans provide access to national industry data. For information on your industry at a regional and local level, please contact us.

Step 1: Business context and environment

Understanding your current and future business goals.

Step 3: Future workforce requirements

Forecasting the capacity and capability of the workforce you think you will need.

Forms and documents