People Analytics

People analytics is a rapidly growing discipline of interest to businesses. With access to more data and new visualisation and analytical tools a wide range of companies are beginning to apply mathematical, statistical, data mining and other OR techniques to HR and business data to try and understand and resolve HR-related business problems, such as:

  • Workforce modelling
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • People surveys
  • Talent management
  • Paybill modelling
  • Performance management
  • Estates modelling
  • Workplace Analytics
  • Wellbeing

The aim of this group is to share knowledge and best practise, and to promote more widely the use of OR techniques in the area of HR decision making. Alongside this, the group provides a forum for members to explore new thinking and techniques applicable to HR, as well as some of the challenges faced in using HR data and working with HR professionals.

Our most recent events

At our webinar on 21st October 2021, we were pleased to introduce Sion Cave and Jerome Wynne to the group - they gave a presentation about how they created a suite of tools to showcase the utility of job vacancy descriptions for providing insight into workforce skill requirements within a public sector organisation. 

On 10th March 2022, the People Analytics SIG welcomed Ashwini Uthrapathi Shalila (Senior Manager People Analytics, PVH Corp) to their meeting to talk about her experiences of working in People Analytics, focusing on how People Analytics teams can be set up in smaller organisations.

May 19th saw a joint event with WORAN (Women in OR and Analytics Network), with a talk by Harminder Mann, an Operational Researcher from the Department for Transport, on analysing the communicating the drivers of the gender pay gap.

The slides presented by the speakers, plus notes from the meetings are in the document list below.

Forthcoming events

Our next meeting will be a webinar on the theme of wellbeing at work - details and the link to register for this event are on this page. We will hold our AGM on 10 November 2022 (between 13:00 and 15:00), and are looking for new members to join the committee at the meeting - please get in touch with [email protected] if you are interested in getting involved.

Get involved

We are always interested in hearing from people interested in getting involved with the People Analytics SIG - please get in touch using the contact form if you would like to find out more about the group or help organise an event.

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Committee details

Katie Gronow Chair
Catriona Smith Secretary
Hazel Challenger, Maureen Usiagwu and Emma Watson Events and Network

Join us for our next event

People Analytics Special Interest Group AGM - People Analytics and the Future of Work

Date: 10 November 2022 13.00 - 15.00

Register here

The People Analytics Special Interest Group AGM will consider People Analytics and the Future of Work. Workplace trends such as technological advancement (AI and Automation), gig economy, remote working etc… are transforming the jobs we do, and how we interact with our workplace. This event will draw on themes that the group has recently featured, such as the balance between remote working and creating a safe office environment, maintaining and improving wellbeing and productivity. Bringing together those involved in creating a new ways of working with those who will be responsible for its measurement, monitoring and assessment. Focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the workplace and how data and metrics can be used to help drive the future of work.

The People Analytics SIG was set up in 2018 and has 748 members on its mailing list. We have run a series of face-to-face and more recently virtual seminars to promote the sharing of knowledge and best practise in using OR techniques and analytics to support HR decision making. The current committee members will be stepping down at the next AGM (November 10th 2022) are you interested in taking over the shaping and running of a programme of seminars for the People Analytics SIG? If you would like to find out more about what is involved please contact me ([email protected])and



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Wellbeing at work Dr Jo Yarker 21/06/2022 1.00  
Improve employee wellbeing with Microsoft Viva Insights Jasminder Thind 21/06/2022 1.10  
Joint WORAN and People Analytics SIG event on gender pay gap Sheema Noorain 08/06/2022 1.10  
People Analytics SIG - Wellbeing at Work meeting agenda Catriona Smith 08/06/2022 1.00  
People Analytics SIG - Wellbeing at Work meeting programme Catriona Smith 08/06/2022 1.00  

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