Utilization analysis is a statistical analysis of affirmative action/equal opportunity data of employers which is used as a tool for assessing the available workforce for given areas of a state. This analysis also can be helpful in identifying and comparing the demographics of the available workforce in the various occupational categories. The main goal of this process is to ensure equal access and equal opportunities for all workers.
An employer may annually receive a workforce analysis from its Department of Human Resource Management, which is compared with labor market availability data as a means to determine utilization of protected class individuals, such as women and other minorities. This process provides the basis for the establishment of placement goals and time tables to correct utilization. Employers use utilization analysis to establish goals and time tables for the selection of protected class individuals by obtaining a workforce analysis, comparing it with labor market availability data, and determining the utilization of women and ethnic minorities.