HR Analytics Qualifications

Benjamin Urmston

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Chartered Member

12 Feb, 2015 09:45

Hi all,


Can anyone recommend any qualifications/courses in HR analytics? Ideally a MSc from a Western University via distance learning but I will consider anything at this point.



  • Steve Bridger

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    12 Feb, 2015 13:54

    I wish I could @mention people. We'll have that functionality later this year.

    In the meantime... hoping Jackie Chiplin will see this :)

    Testing the system :)

  • Jacqueline

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    12 Feb, 2015 16:38

    I have seen it, Steve and am hoping to follow with interest.  I'd love to do a Masters in HR Analytics (in my copious free time!  *grin*) but I don't know of any courses off the top of my head.  I've learnt the job by doing it in the time honoured 'make it up as you go along' fashion.  A starting point might be going along to the CIPD Analytics conference to network with fellow professionals and businesses.


  • I have scoured online for a MOOC for this with no joy. There are plenty of free online courses about analytics, I guess you could take on one of these and try to translate into HR uses. It would be much less of an outlay in terms of both time and cost than an MSc if it doesn't work out for you.
  • Paul

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    24 Mar, 2015 18:47

    There are precious few books about HR/Workforce Analytics so what you are looking for in all honesty doesn't exist. The free online courses are as good as it gets, if they don't look that interesting then your definitely trying to specialise in the wrong area!

     The reasons being there are a few consultancies taking analytics into HR and it is really big money as the biggest corporations buy in, so they are hardly going to let on how they are doing it!

    If you are wanting to retrain as a MI/BI Analyst then be warned the learning curve is huge, having a good knowledge of excel alone won't cut it, you will need to be able to code and programme in languages such as python, R and even SQL. Other functions already employ plenty of analysts with these skills and it was mentioned at a HR Analytics conference last week it may be easier just to buy in services from experienced people than train people, anybody coming into this area will need to be good at maths.

    What works for one company may not work for another as it depends on the data available.

     I mentioned books, I made a mistake of buying  The New HR Analytics: Predicting the economic value of your company;s Human Capital Investments by Dr Jack Fitz Enz, disappointed because it really is nothing more than a book about a model the author has developed which isn't that useful.

  • David

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    9 Jun, 2015 13:32

    I've also been trying to find courses in this area.

    Following on from Paul's post above, there are some free online courses in R (Coursera), Python (Coursera again) and SQL (Khan Academy), all of which give you plenty of opportunity to practice. There is very little about HR specifically in these courses, of course.

    There is also a CIPD webcast series which has just started which is very good:



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