What does an HRIS Analyst do?

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HRIS Analyst – a specialized role combining aspects of HR and IT to manage employee data and maintain the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) within an organization. In today’s Career Insights Series, we explain the role of an HRIS analyst, main responsibilities, and job description.

HRIS Analysts and their role

HRIS Analyst - Role Overview with tasks background skills and salary
HRIS Analyst – Role Overview and Job Profile

The HRIS refers to a system used to collect, organize, and maintain important data on all employees of a business or organization. This data includes information regarding employment records, salary, time taken off, etc. 

An HRIS Analyst in turn is someone who maintains and updates the HRIS system. They perform an IT role in the HR department. In the role, they maintain the system, implementing and suggesting improvements and updates, ensuring data quality, and creating cohesive reports from the data in the HRIS.

The HRIS specialist is, therefore, the IT expert that is consulted for the system used in the organization.

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Responsibilities and Tasks of an HRIS Analyst

HRIS Analyst - Tasks and Responsibilities
Tasks and Responsibilities

An HRIS analyst manages a range of daily responsibilities – differing based on their place of employment.

In general, however, they share a few core tasks such as maintaining and updating the Human Resources Information Systems. Analysts closely monitor the overall performance of HRIS systems and analyze how best to suggest improvements where needed. 

In order to successfully do this, HRIS Analysts need to carefully outline the business objectives of the organization, including Finance, HR, etc. They then translate these objectives into clear technical requirements before managing software implementation projects. 

In addition to the above, they also act as the main point of support for technical queries regarding the HRIS. They provide relevant production support, which includes researching and resolving problems.

Day to day responsibilities: 

  • Support the development and further development of our HR data model
  • Responsible for integrating systems into our IT landscape
  • Analyzing business objectives and user needs and converting them into technical requirements
  • Using built-in reporting tools and running SQL queries
  • Involved in the conception and design of integrations and interfaces between HR IT systems with a focus on personnel data
  • The development of data management strategies with regard to data models, data governance, and data quality is also part of your tasks
  • Maintenance of the Human Resource Information System


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Skills, knowledge, and abilities required

Skills required to become a HRIS analyst
HRIS Analyst – Skills required

As an HRIS Analyst, you bring with you, in-depth knowledge of the conception and implementation of data integrations. You are also very familiar with standard HR processes and can handle HR data models. 

Furthermore, having professional experience in the field of data management and in the implementation of ETL solutions is greatly desired. 

Additionally, technical skills with analysis tools such as SAP Business Objects, SAS Visual Analytics, Tableau, or QlikView are crucial.

Skills required for an HRIS Analyst: 

  • Ability to work with, update, and maintain HRIS database
  • Knowledge of business analysis tools 
  • Ability to create details reports from HR data sets
  • Familiarity with SQL is a plus 
  • Strong ideas of Project Management concepts
  • System documentation and data analysis
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access
  • Familiar with software integrations via REST, SOAP, and XML
  • Knowledge of analysis tools – ie. SAS, Tableau, QlikView
  • Very good spoken and written skills

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Education and Experience

In order to work as an HRIS Analyst, a bachelor’s (or master’s) degree in Information Technology, computer sciences, or related fields, is a key requirement. 

Previous IT Project management or similar IT support experience can greatly enhance your resume to any potential employer.

Furthermore, if you’d like to brush up your HRIS skills, a short certification course can be greatly beneficial. Some certificates to consider:

How much does an HRIS analyst make?

The starting salary for an HRIS Analyst is $70,000 gross per year. The average salary is around $90,000 gross per year. The senior salary is $120,000 but it can be significantly higher or lower in certain cases. 

The actual income depends on individual cases on factors such as the industry and the company, but also on professional experience.

Expected salary:

Junior$70,000
Average$90,000
Senior$120,000

How much does a freelance HRIS Analyst charge?

HRIS Analyst - Average freelance rate
Freelance HRIS analysts charge around $89/hr (July, 2020)

On average, a freelance HRIS Specialist will charge you around $89/hr. When extrapolated to a full 8 hour working day, this equates to $712 per day (freelancermap index, July 2020).

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