Human Resources (HR) Software

What is Human Resources (HR) Software?

Human resources software is used to improve the overall management of employee data by automating administrative tasks otherwise performed by the HR department. Core functionalities of HR software include employee data management, applicant tracking and recruitment, benefit and payroll administration, time off and sick leave, as well as training and development.

With a HR application, employee records and applicant data can be recorded, updated and accessed from one central location by all team members. This overview of personnel profiles also allows managers to keep an eye on events such as pending performance reviews, upcoming time-off and payment.

These apps help to further improve workforce management with features to manage training and development, as well as to track employee performance over time. HR software often includes talent management tools such as learning and development, succession planning, rewards management and employee evaluation.

Many HR applications can also be used to attract and recruit the right talent. With features such as job boards, CV collection and storage, online application tools and social media integration, your company can ensure it is finding the best matches. Once the hiring process begins, features such as interview note sharing and consolidation can be used to streamline the process.

HR software can also be used to increase company wide communication through social features such as peer recognition, goal and value sharing, business news feeds and sharable company calendars so no one forgets birthdays and anniversaries.

More robust HR solution can also be used to align corporate goals with company value and culture. This can be done through company related documents, such as employee handbooks and safety guides. You can also set defined employee or team objectives and raise awareness of company values with reward schemes and public recognition for goals reached.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Recruitment and talent acquisition
  • Applicant tracking and hiring
  • Benefits, tax and payroll
  • Training, development and succession
  • Management of employee data
  • Sharing of company resources and cross-company communication
  • Time off, sick leave and attendance
  • Payment, position and pay grade reviews
  • Performance evaluation, reward schemes and disciplinary actions

Human Resources (HR) Category Leaders Q3 2017

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Human Resources (HR) apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about how we calculate scores.

Reviews
Integrations
Mobile
Media
Security

1. WebHR

Social all-in-one cloud-based HR Software
80
17
17
13
16
17

2. BambooHR

Personalized HR software for SMBs
79
19
15
16
16
13

3. Zenefits

OnBoarding | Payroll | Benefits | Compliance
74
16
18
14
9
17

4. People

Cloud-based human resource management solution for SMBs
65
15
12
13
8
17

5. CakeHR

Your HR. Simplified.
63
17
7
13
9
17

6. Namely

HR, payroll, and benefits
63
16
13
15
7
12

7. Zoho People

Human Resources Information System
62
14
7
14
17
10

8. Workday Human Capital

Global Human Capital Management
59
15
12
16
16

9. SutiHR

HR automation for SMBs.
56
9
11
15
3
18

10. SuccessFactors

Cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) software
56
14
12
14
16

11. Cezanne HR

Cloud HR software for UK & international organisations
55
13
12
13
3
14

12. Dayforce Ceridian HCM

HR software for medium and large companies
55
16
9
18
12

13. Halogen TalentSpace

Performance and Talent Management Made Easy!
53
15
5
5
13
15

14. FinancialForce HCM

Complete HR Solution for SMB from Hire to Retire
51
4
14
4
16
13

15. breatheHR

Brilliantly Simple HR Software for Growing Companies
50
8
7
13
9
13

16. ADP TotalSource

HR management and employee benefit
48
9
3
20
16

17. UltiPro

HR, Payroll, and Talent Management
47
15
12
4
16

18. CIPHR

One of the UK's Leading HR SaaS Providers
45
6
4
9
9
17

19. EmployWise

Integrated Employee Life Cycle Management Software
45
10
4
14
3
14

20. OrangeHRM

Open source human resources software
44
15
3
13
13

21. ONEMINT

HR, payroll, time & attendance, recruitment, and scheduling
43
10
11
4
2
16

22. Sage People HCM

Cloud based HR management system
40
9
7
4
20

23. Employment Hero

HR, payroll & benefits platform
40
8
8
13
11

24. Nortek People Management

Cloud-based people management software
36
4
5
5
2
20

25. Oracle HCM Cloud

Human capital management for modern HR
34
8
4
5
17
Reviews
Integrations
Mobile
Media
Security

Who is the ranking for?

GetApp's Category Leader ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a comprehensive list of the leading cloud-based software products in the industry.

The ranking serves as a point of reference highlighting key factors that small businesses should look at when assessing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile compatibility), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).

How are the scores calculated?

An app's score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews*

Review scores are calculated using reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. Scores are calculated based on the total number, average rating, and recency of reviews.

The number of reviews and average user rating are scaled against the category average. A weighting is then applied to reward recency of user reviews: reviews written in the last 6 months score up to 10 points, those written between 6 and 12 months ago score up to 6 points, and those more than 12 months old score up to 4 points. These numbers are added together to give a total maximum score of 20.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has; the first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms*

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. 5 points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points being awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated and scaled against the competition for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn't a native iOS or Android app, the product's website is assessed using Google's PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. The score is returned out of 100, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Media Presence

Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans that an app has. The number of fans and followers are added together, and each app is scored based on this overall number, compared with others in the category. The first 15 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the category average, while the final 5 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the top leaders in the category. These two scores are added together for a total out of 20 points.

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.

*All data points combining calculations for both ratings and reviews are calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against others in the category.