Utilisation Rate

Measure the efficiency of resource usage to optimise operational performance.

Ewoud Uphof

What is Utilisation Rate?

Utilisation rate is a metric that indicates the percentage of billable hours out of the total working hours. It's calculated as (Billable Hours / Total Working Hours) x 100.

Why is Utilisation Rate Important?

In the world of agencies, time literally is money. A high utilisation rate means that your team is spending more time on revenue-generating tasks. Low utilisation can be a red flag, signalling inefficiencies or underutilisation that needs to be addressed.

How Do I Use Utilisation Rate?

  1. Track Time: Keep accurate timesheets to distinguish between billable and non-billable hours.
  2. Calculate: Periodically calculate the utilisation rate for individual team members and the team as a whole.
  3. Optimise: If rates are low, investigate the reasons and consider redistributing tasks or client loads.

Utilisation Rate for Managers

Managers need to keep an eye on utilisation rates to predict revenue, manage team workloads, and make hiring or outsourcing decisions. Software solutions can automate these calculations and provide valuable insights into overall team performance.

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