Erlang Calculator - for Call Centre Staffing (Online Version 4.2)
Can calculate up to 10,000 agents! - Now also with Abandons and Day Planner Calculations
Statistics from All Erlang Calculations
|Number of Erlang Calculations performed|
|Past 24 Hours||Past Month||Since Feb 2017|
|Average Values Entered|
|Average Service Level||81.5%|
|Average Target Answer Time (Seconds)||35.1|
|Average Max Occupancy||83.7%|
|Above figures include calls and other work tasks|
How To Use This Erlang Calculator
- If you have 200 calls per hour, then enter the number of incoming contacts as 200 and the period is 60 minutes.
- The Average Handling Time is the amount of time that a person (an agent) takes to handle a phone contact. This includes the talk time as well any paperwork time (wrap-up time) before they are able to answer the next call. This should be in seconds.
- Put in your Service Level target and time. So if you wanted to handle 90% of calls in 15 seconds, put in 90 and 15. If you are uncertain of this the industry "average" is 80% of calls answered in 20 seconds.
- This contact centre staffing Erlang calculator is a hybrid model based on both the Erlang C formula the Erlang A formula. The Erlang C formula was invented by the Danish Mathematician A.K. Erlang and is used to calculate the number of advisors and the service level. Call Abandons are calculated using the Erlang A formula which was devised by Swedish statistician Conny Palm in 1946. This assumes an Average Patience - also know as Average Time to Abandon (ATA).
- We also have a more flexible Microsoft Excel based version of this calculator. You can download the free Excel Erlang Calculator
- This calculator works on probabilities, so may appear to overstate the number of agents needed at low levels. So for example if you enter 0 calls per hour it will say that you need 1 agent. This is quite correct, as there may be a possibility that one call may come in. In practicality, you may decide to not schedule any staff.
- The maxium number of agents that the calculator can calculate before shrinkage is applied is 10,000 Agents.
- Shrinkage is a factor designed to take into account holidays, sickness etc. For more information Read this article on how to calculate shrinkage
- The maximum occupancy is designed to improve accuracy. If you take Occupancy over 85% - 90% for long periods you will find that it gets hidden in a longer AHT figure, and agent burn out happens.
- Call Abandons are calculated using the Erlang A formula, which assumes an Average Patience -also know as Average Time to Abandon (ATA).
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