Benefits, overtime, payroll, annual leave, compensation management: managing all of these areas is enough of a headache without taking into account how these rules are unique to different countries - and even states within the US.
With HR regulations differing significantly, having a local human resources system makes sense. For example, having HR software from the UK makes sense when your business is based—and has most of its employees—in the country.
When we analyzed the most used HR apps globally, we found that local companies often prefer software based in that country. Canadian users favor Canadian HR software, British users broadly favor UK HR software - or companies with a presence there.
In this piece, we profile the most used HR software for small businesses in the UK according to GetApp users.
Coming out top in the most used HR software in the UK is Zoho Recruit, an app which is actually not based there. Unsurprisingly from its name, Zoho Recruit is a recruitment solution, but also helps to onboard employees.
It's aimed at small businesses, with almost half of Zoho Recruit registered GetApp users being from businesses of 10 people or fewer, and is most used (according to GetApp data) by companies in the staffing and recruiting, IT, HR, and management consulting industries.
Build a custom careers site
Resume parsing and extractor
Resume search using keywords
Post openings to job boards and social sites.
Zoho Recruit is currently free for one recruiter with the ability to schedule interviews. There are two other pricing plans (Standard and Enterprise) which are charged on a per recruiter per month basis.
Unsurprisingly, Zoho integrates with the full stack of Zoho products including Zoho CRM, Zoho Mail, Zoho Reports, and Zoho People. It also includes integration with social media apps (for posting jobs to social networks), as well as productivity apps such as Microsoft Outlook and G Suite.
Role: Business Development Director
Industry: Staffing and Recruiting
Company size: 501-1000
Pros: "Easy to handle logical work flow adaptable, scalable import and export function, reporting opportunities."
Cons: "We need a solution which is compliant with Russian law, meaning the server (data) must be saved here. So far this is not implemented but in process as the ZOHO team promised us."
Workable is a recruitment app that was founded in Greece but opened its second office in London and maintains a major presence. Its unique selling point is that it includes what it calls an applicant tracking CRM which allows recruiters to build relationships with candidates and taps into the trend of treating prospects like customers.
It's mostly used by companies in the IT and computer software industry followed by recruiting and HR. Workable is aimed at the SME market and, reflecting that, most of its users on GetApp come from the 11-50 or 51-200 business size segment.
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Workable's pricing plans reflect its focus on SMEs, with one pay-as-you-go plan aimed at small businesses hiring infrequently or seasonally, followed by a tailored annual plan and a custom solution.
Score of 4.56/5 (186 reviews)
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Industry: Online Media
Company size: 1-10
"I've hired more than a dozen people using workable in the last 6 months. it's convenient but you may find it a little expensive unless you're constantly hiring."
Pros: "A single inbox for everyone involved in hiring predefined (& user customizable) templates make it easy to send single/bulk emails intuitive user interface free (&paid) postings to multiple job boards."
Cons: "Pretty expensive for what it is. they deprecated their cheaper pricing tier. craigslist has workable as one of the ban words."
Calamari is a Polish-based leave and attendance management solution aimed at small businesses. One of its unique selling points is its support for the labor laws in different countries and that it can handle the configuration of multiple countries within one account.
The HR app is popular with businesses of 11-50 employees in the IT and computer software industries, and most of its users on the GetApp site come from Poland.
Compliant with local laws
Self-service employee portal
Clock in/clock out functionality
Remote work tracking.
Calamari Leave is currently priced per business size, with the cheapest package starting at $10 per month for businesses of 1-10 employees.
Score 4.83/5 (80 reviews)
Role: Chief Information Officer at PIXERS
Company size: 51-200
"After testing few other solutions we've ended up with Calamari - great tool which just does it's job. It's quite intuitive and very helpful. What's more - it has great support team. We've had some requirements that were specific for our team and everything has been done for us."
Pros: "Easy to use - not overloaded with unnecessary functionalities - fast and perfect support."
Cons: "Up to now, not found anything against."
It's used by companies in the IT, marketing and advertising, and health and wellness industries. Interestingly, there is an even split between business sizes, with CakeHR proving popular among businesses between of 1-10 employees, as well as 11-50 and 51-200 employees.
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Employee profile and directory
Self-service employee portal
Employee and company reports
Onboarding and offboarding.
CakeHR has a very simple pricing structure: one price if you pay monthly and one price if you pay yearly. It currently offers a free 30 day trial with no need to add a credit card.
CakeHR currently integrates with:
Score: 4.53/5 (81 reviews)
Role: Director of Operations
Industry: Financial Services
Company size: 51-200
"Cake does a great job simplifying the HR process with intuitive user setup and calendar management. The reporting tools are effective as well. It is lacking in features to support larger (or rapidly expanding) enterprises, such as a bulk user creation and full timesheet/payroll management (it only handles vacation time). This is more than made up for with a highly responsive account/service team."
Pros: "Simple, intuitive interface."
Cons: "Is not a complete HR solution for payroll and timesheet management (yet)."
It's popular among GetApp users in the computer software, broadcast media, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Findmyshift is also mostly used by GetApp users in businesses of 11-50 employees.
Time clocking and timesheets
Email, text, and push notifications
Daily shift reminders
Online employee noticeboard
There are three price plans that are calculated on a per month, per schedule basis (instead of per employee). The cheapest price plan is free.
Findmyshift's integrations include:
Score: 4.67/5 (90 reviews)
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"Adopted this to several businesses 4 years ago and have never looked back. Easy to use for me and my staff. Ideal for holiday planning and planning rotas in advance."
Pros: "Been using this since day one and have set it up for several different businesses, really easy to use and really efficient."
Cons: "Doesn't work well enough with i-devices which can be frustrating at times. If that was fixed it would all be brilliant."
It's another example of HR software based in the UK, highlighting the interest in local software for local companies.
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Real-time reporting and analysis
WeThrive offers two pricing plans (Expert and Guru), as well as a custom plan for businesses of more than 200 staff.
WeThrive currently integrates with:
And will soon integrate with
Score: 4.63/5 (19 reviews)
Industry: Professional Training & Coaching
Company size: 51-200
"Can't recommend this product enough. I manage a healthcare team with 7 employees. Uncovered issues within my team which I was not aware of. It identified issues and provided in depth analysis of a wide range of factors affecting team performance including social and psychological as well as skills and knowledge. Team loved it. It has literally revolutionized the way we work as a team and given us a very tangible way of solving issues and developing people."
If you're looking to purchase HR software for a UK business—or any local HR product—we can help: From our list of HR apps, you can filter by the country the software serves to find the best fit for your business.
The original report was put together by analyzing data from signed in GetApp users that had selected the "I Use This" option for a particular app on the site. We counted the number of individual users that had selected these apps and segmented according to country. The sample size for the UK was 98 users.