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Are you an analytical person with a passion for IT and HR? Do you think your organization could benefit from such a person to improve processes and become more data-driven?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes”, then you’ll be interested to know more about the role of an HRMS analyst. We’ll be covering:

What Is an HRMS Analyst?

An HRMS analyst is an IT and data expert in the HR field. The role is part IT manager, part HR consultant and part data analyst. Broadly speaking, an HRMS analyst collects, organizes, and analyzes data to make recommendations related to areas such as recruitment, retention, and legal compliance. 

Also referred to as an HRIS analyst, another key aspect of the job is to implement and maintain human resource management systems (otherwise known as human resource information systems or HR databases) that underpin the HR department and collect and analyze data.

The role of the HRMS analyst varies between organizations, but will likely cover all or some of the following roles: 

  • Department consultation - consult with HR managers, finance, and IT departments to help them determine areas that need improvement.
  • Technology maven - HRMS analysts keep track of technological changes and trends in human resource management and advise the organization.
  • Performing routine audits like payroll administration and service terminations.
  • Metrics and Reporting - organizing HR metrics such as employee performance data and attendance.
  • Updating software - integrating new software, running diagnostic tests, and optimizing HRMS processes.
  • Process implementation - creating and implementing new processes for the smooth running of HR functions.
  • IT support - upgrading applications, offering technical support, and training other employees on new HR developments.
  • System evaluations - evaluating HR systems and checking on any security threats.
  • Security - ensuring end-user access, security, and integrity of data across all HR platforms.
  • Administration - acting as systems administrators for applications and HR systems.
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Skill Requirements for an HRMS Analyst

HRMS analysts possess a blend of hard and soft skills. They must be technically proficient—think the kind of people you go to fix your laptop or ask advice about the latest cell phone—and also have a solid understanding of HR processes. 

Further, they must be good communicators and quick learners with the ability to work across the different business areas and recognize opportunities when they see them.

Common requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, HR Management, Business administration, or other related disciplines
  • Experience level of 3-5 years working in a related industry
  • Understanding of HR functions and technology
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Drive to keep up with technological evolutions and trends
  • Advanced skills of MS Office, including Word and advanced Excel (Vlookup, PIVOT, Macro) 
  • Database security and management and also operating SQL queries
  • Considerable experience in HR performance metrics and HRMS systems analysis
  • Exceptional ability to collect and interpret data and improve HRMS processes
  • Ability to provide technical support and train others.

HRMS Analyst Salary

HRMS is a highly specialized job and the salaries reflect that. As always, salary will vary depending on location.

According to, a junior HRMS analyst in New York has a salary range of between $61,589, and $80,033, while a senior HRMS analyst’s salary ranges between $97,695 and $127,670.In Oregon, salaries for the same roles for juniors range between $50,142 and $65,158, and between $79,539 and $103,940 for senior HRMS analysts.

How To Become an HRMS Analyst

There’s no one set route to becoming an HRMS Analyst but a bachelor’s degree in computer/data science, IT, HRM, or business administration is useful for those starting out.

Often experienced HR professionals will transition into the HRMS analyst role. Those who show a natural aptitude for systems thinking, IT, data, and strategy will be drawn to the challenge and compelled to upskill where required. 

HRMS Analyst Certification

Acquiring an HRMS certification is an option for those HR professionals who want to transition into the analyst role.

The Human Resource Information Professional certification (HRIP), offered by the International Association of Human Resource Management (IHRIM), covers all aspects of HRMS leading up to an exam and requires you to remain current by recertification. 


As HR becomes more data-driven, the skills of the HRMS analyst will become increasingly sought after. An HRMS analyst plays a crucial role in implementing and maintaining the systems that underpin the HR department. To better understand the types of systems they work with, explore our comprehensive guide on leading HR software solutions.

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By Tim Reitsma

Tim has deep experience in HR, people & culture, leadership, business strategy and operations with a focus on building great teams who are excited about their craft and their organization. With over 15 years of leadership experience, Tim has always been guided by his core values: faith, family, curiosity, and fun. He is a coach, mentor, speaker, advisor, and an active volunteer in his community. Tim loves spending time outdoors with his wife and two kids as well as mountain biking in the north shore mountains.