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HR management is one of the most voluminous and tedious tasks for a management team. But if you are looking to automate all the HR related manual tasks and the best HR software for your firm, then GoodFirms eases your search efforts by bringing you a list of  best Human Resource Management Software. The primary feature of a human resources software aims at assisting you with the recruitment process. Those with AI-based features even assists you in accepting, segregating applications based on the set parameters. Not only that, HR management software helps you to keep details of the employees and automate the performance record with features like time tracking, attendance, payroll management, and much more. GoodFirms does thorough research to provide you with a list of the best HR software solutions.

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HR Software for companies where people matter.

PeopleHR delivers an HR software administration solution for ambitious HR professionals working in small and mid-sized companies. Unlike manual or older systems that are frustrating to work with, the PeopleHR solution constructs insightful graphic reports, offers expert “follow me” guidance, and engages people on missions through high-impact tasks. 

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Vultus Connect
Workforce Manager - Leading people, growing businesses

Vultus Connect is an all-around Workforce Management solution that establishes a true employee-employer relationship. With features that include accurate timesheet process, timely auto-generated invoices, worry-free compliance, end-to-end accounting, enhanced client relationships, employee engagement, improved cash flows, financial tracking, free automated PAF and easy-to-use ticketing, you will n... read more

Jonathan Hitchens
Jonathan Hitchens, Independent Consultant at ClickFormula
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Best Human Resource Management Software

Human Resources Software, HRMS, HRIS, HCM is an advanced solution that integrates the human resource management (HRM) of an organization with its information technology. It is a versatile mixture of certain vibrant apps and contemporary techniques that assist decrease the moment, energy and price of multiple company operations, in particular those linked to the HR department.

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4. CakeHR

Your HR. Simplified!

Experience a paradigm shift where shift scheduling is concerned. No, it doesn't have to be tedious. You can simply create and edit shifts, then notify your employees with a click of a button. Everyone has access to their schedules from web as well as mobile apps. Android and iOS apps are available.

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HR software with heart.

BambooHR is a cloud-based system that is an intuitive, affordable way for growing companies to manage essential employee information in a personalized Human Resources Information System (HRIS). Its software sets HR free to do great work and be more strategic, which helps the entire organization do the same.

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Human Resources HR Software for Businesses

The Zenefits People Platform brings everything HR into one radically simple, single app. Our platform is designed to be comprehensive without being overly complex. It puts benefits, payroll and HR system access in the pockets and at the fingertips of employees. 

Tessa (Carroll) Wuertz
Tessa (Carroll) Wuertz, Director of Marketing & Agency Partnerships at efelle creative
14 Days

7. Gusto

It’s time to tame the chaos of payroll, benefits, and HR.

Gusto’s mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life. By making complicated, impersonal business tasks simple and personal, Gusto is reimagining HR management, payroll system, and benefits for over 60,000 companies nationwide.

Kim Beck
Kim Beck, Senior Account Manager at SpokenHere
30 Days
A complete on-premise human resource management system solution.

Sage HRMS helps in improving HR policies and make smart decisions with today’s most comprehensive, customizable HR software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Sage HRMS provides you with a complete solution for managing the entire employee life cycle. choose Sage HRMS. as your business grows and your needs evolve, select these HR software solutions to tackle your specific HR manage... read more

Robert Stoubos
Robert Stoubos, Founder and CEO at Odyssey New Media
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9. Namely

Let's Build a Better Workplace.

Namely is the HR software, Payroll software, and Benefits platform your employees will love. Finally, there’s human resource management software that employees actually use—built to fit your company culture. Manage all of your HR management data in one place, with personalized service to help your company get better, faster. 

Shailesh Chaudhary
Shailesh Chaudhary, Digital Marketing Executive at Taction Software LLC
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Zoho People
Crafted to build a happier workforce.

We take care of your HR processes while you take care of your employees. From employee onboarding to attendance management and time tracking to appraisals, we've got it all covered. With useful integrations and easy-to-use interface, Zoho People will streamline your HR operations. 

Joshua Maddux
Joshua Maddux, CEO at 95Visual
15 Days
We can start to measure change in months.

Workday was founded on a disruptive idea: to put people at the center of enterprise software. Now, over a decade later, we still deliver on that idea every day. Our core values give us a framework for leadership and daily decisions, and help us enjoy our time at work. Sounds so simple, but too often companies get caught up in politics, ivory-tower attitudes, and market mania instead of focusing on... read more

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12. Paycor

Let us help you make a difference.

Paycor is known for delivering modern, intuitive recruiting, HR management and online payroll solutions, but what makes us legendary is our singular focus on helping business leaders, entrepreneurs and HR professionals make a real difference in their organizations. Paycor’s personalized support and user-friendly, scalable technology streamlines every aspect of people management, giving our clien... read more

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All of HR in one place.

BerniePortal is an all-in-one HR software solution for small and mid-sized employers. With BerniePortal, administrators can save time, simplify HR and improve compliance for the full employee lifecycle.

Virginia Berry
Virginia Berry, Assistant Manager at Marketing Werks
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14. SutiHR

Integrated Online HR Software for End-to-End Human Resource Management.

SutiHR is a robust online HR Software solution that provides powerful tools for every part of the HR cycle from recruitment to separation. Advanced analytics and dashboards that are easy to use simplify decision-making at different stages of the HR management process.

Cezanne HR
Global HR management software simplified.

Cezanne’s configurable online HR software gives you everything you need to make human resources management system simpler and more effective, whatever the size of your organization. From core HR administration and absence management to employee development, performance management, online recruitment and more, you’ll benefit from the latest Cloud technologies and a host of smart features that w... read more

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16. Freshteam

The smart HR software for growing businesses

Freshteam helps you manage your hiring, onboarding, time-off, employee data, and HR workflows in one place. It is an applicant tracking system software for recruiters. With Freshteam, recruiters can source, interview, and hire candidates for their company. Great recruiters know how to find great candidates. It's all the other things they need help with. Things like scheduling interviews and debrie... read more

Marty Balkema
Marty Balkema, COO at Augusto
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Simplify the way your team works.

Monday.com is the new name of a product previously known as dapulse, namely one of the market’s leading collaboration and communication apps for teams. It syncs all information in a single, accessible hub, and empowers agents and team members to make important decisions together. Thanks to its compactness

Ryan O'Donoghue
Ryan O'Donoghue, Co-Founder and Head web developer at Rycob Media
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18. Paycom

Online Payroll and HR Software Solution

Paycom is a cloud-hosted payroll and human capital management (HCM) platform that empowers businesses to track all stages of the employee lifecycle. The company was launched in 1998 and is one of the pioneers of cloud-based payroll software. It uses the Software-as-as-Service model to deliver advanced HR management software to offer enterprises real-time access to employee information. Advancing f... read more

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan, Digital Marketing Expert at SynergyTop, LLC
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iCIMS Recruit
Get Growing with the Right Approach to Talent Acquisition.

Be empowered to grow your workforce—better and faster—with resources that make it easier to do what you do best: recruit. iCIMS’ powerful software gives talent acquisition the focus it deserves, with functionality today’s recruiters need to source, screen, and hire.

Keshav Jha
Keshav Jha, Senior Research Analyst at Delta Partners
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Bitrix24 - is an initiative of Bitrix, Inc., a privately-owned company owned and managed by its founders. The Bitrix24 service is the final evolutionary stage of Bitrix Intranet and Extranet solutions (Bitrix, Inc. products) and was launched as a beta cloud-based service in April 2012. Bitrix takes pride in serving customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small organizations, including well... read more

Hisham Balatiah
Hisham Balatiah, Founder at EIC - Engineers International Community
Kronos Workforce
One unified platform for your entire workforce.

The Kronos Workforce Ready suite combines the power of workforce management and human capital management (HCM) in one unified cloud platform to help you manage your entire workforce from pre-hire to retire — whether they’re salaried, hourly, full time, or part-time.

Keshav Jha
Keshav Jha, Senior Research Analyst at Delta Partners
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22. OnPay

Small business payroll & HR.

OnPay is a simple, modern and affordable payroll, benefits and HR software solution for small businesses. Payroll software features include unlimited pay runs, direct deposit, tax payments and filings made for you - accuracy is guaranteed, integration with your favourite accounting products such as QuickBooks Online and Xero, as well as first-in-class client service by phone, e-mail or chat. 

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23. TriNet


TriNet provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.

Barbara Keihm
Barbara Keihm, Director, Talent Management & Operations at Premier Logic
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ADP Workforce Now
Empowering people, driving business results.

Human Resources is much more than administration and compliance. It’s about helping your employees to be more successful, and ultimately growing your business. From recruitment to retirement, ADP Workforce Now can help you do just that.

Matthew Bernstein
Matthew Bernstein, Senior Account Executive at Intersection Co.
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25. UltiPro

HR Software Solutions & Payroll for Human Capital Management

Ultimate provides human capital management solutions designed to improve the employee experience by putting people first—HR management, payroll system, talent, time and scheduling, engagement surveys, HR service delivery, and more. UltiPro helps simplify and improve work experiences for all employees. Organizations can easily manage global people data and processes with UltiPro and ensure their ... read more

Dena Torres
Dena Torres, HR Generalist at The Wasserstrom Company
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26. Oorwin

ONE platform for Staffing & Consulting firms to manage Sales, Recruitment and Human Resources

Oorwin, a San Francisco based SaaS platform offers a diverse suite of products across Recruitment, Sales, and HR to foster productivity and growth for staffing agencies and consulting companies. Built upon nearly a decade of research and experience, Oorwin is poised to change the traditional practices of hiring, sales, and customer experience with its ease of use and simplicity. Oorwin is a unique... read more

Ashwin Kumar
Ashwin Kumar
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27. LinesPay

Convenient People Management

LinesPay is a web based, comprehensive, and flexible human resources and payroll management software in Bangladesh. It replaces paper- based, time consuming and error- prone manual HR/Payroll methods with user- friendly interface. The software can be customized as per client needs and offers end-to-end integration of HR functions with payroll and Service Modules to manage employee profiles, bene... read more

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Quick Base
The Fastest Path from Idea to Business Application

Quick Base is the construction management software that gets the right information to the right people at the right time. Contractors use Quick Base to track construction projects, centralize data, and drive deeper insight and efficiency. Quick Base is an end-to-end solution with tools like CRM, Project Management, Service Requests, Employee Management, Order Management, and more. And you can buil... read more

Jesus Mata
Jesus Mata, Estimator at Kennedy Fabricating
30 Days

29. peopleHum

An end to end People Management Platform

peopleHum is an end-to-end people management platform that helps organisations make intelligent people decisions. With new-age HR tech features such as Resume Parsing, Selection Probability Score, People Analytics, Performance Management Metrics, Leave Management, and more, peopleHum is the one-stop solution for all business needs.

Abhishek Matkar
Abhishek Matkar, Product Evangelist at COVIAM
30 Days
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30. OrangeHRM

Personalized HR Software That Brings Your Employees Together

OrangeHRM aims to be the world’s leading HRM solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing a flexible and easy to use HRM system affordable for any company worldwide. The project was started during fall 2005 and the first beta release was made in January 2006. Today OrangeHRM has users worldwide enjoying a free, stable, and highly usable HRM solution. 

Prafull Satasiya
Prafull Satasiya, Chief Executive Officer at SpecScale
30 Days
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Zoho Recruit
Recruit the best talent. Build great teams.

"Zoho Recruit's applicant tracking system and recruiting software is designed for modern workforce that helps you hire more qualified candidates faster." Zoho Recruit is an applicant tracking system catering to multiple hurdles faced by recruiters. With complete solutions for both in-house recruiters and staffing agencies, Zoho Recruit helps you source, track, and hire the best candidates, with... read more

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Exceptional Talent. Exceptional Results.

ClearCompany is an award-winning Talent Management Software provider and the only HR software provider that unifies Recruiting, Onboarding, Performance Management, and Goal Tracking. Their suite of software solutions includes Applicant Tracking System, Paperless Onboarding, Performance Management, and Talent Operating System.  

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Dayforce HCM
Human capital management made better.

Dayforce HCM is a cloud-based platform for workforce management, payroll and tax, analytics, benefits, document management, talent management, and HR management. It is a single app that provides companies complete access to real-time data across all aspects of human capital management (HCM). 

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34. Justworks

Focus on your business. We'll focus on the rest.

Payroll system, benefits, HR management, and compliance — all in one place. Justworks simplifies your business's back office complexities, so you can work fearlessly.


35. Recooty

The World's Easiest Recruiting Software

Recooty is an all-in-one recruitment software which helps organisation in building their great teams. It optimises recruiting right from the initial stage and streamlining to the very end of the hiring process. Features: One click job posting on multiple job boards, branded careers page, candidate tracking and management, talent pool, interview scheduling and more. The best part is, every job ... read more

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36. Tanda

Grow your business and engage your teams

Tanda is an all-in-one online workforce success platform that helps businesses manage rostering, timesheets, payroll, and employee onboarding.

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Bayzat Benefits
HR software for Small business

Bayzat is a technology solution, offering a small business HR software solution to automate your all admin work.

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Make recruiting your competitive advantage.

Greenhouse Software is the fastest-growing provider of enterprise talent acquisition software. The greenhouse has won numerous awards including #1 Best Place to Work by Glassdoor, Forbes Cloud 100, and Talent Acquisition FrontRunner leader by Software Advice. 

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39. Open HRMS

Most advanced HR Software

Open HRMS is an open source HR software that envisions building a happier workforce. Open Human Resource Management Software takes care of all your HR processes while you take care of your employees. From onboarding and attendance management to time tracking and appraisals, Open HRMS has got it all covered. The most advanced Open Source HR Management software works well for both small and large s... read more

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40. Corbuz

Most trusted HR software to manage your workflow flawless

Introducing Corbuz HRMS, an amazing HR Software to manage your workforce in a simple way. Manage all your HR administrative actions from a central location. Search employees, set favourites, view organization trees and analyze attrition reports - all from a single dashboard. Corbuz allows employees to update their personal data, skill sets, check-in/out, etc. The next level Managers can access all... read more

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An intelligent enterprise-ready HCM suite that automates HR processes, simplifies human interactions and delivers actionable insights to build better workplaces. We believe that we are India’s first HRMS company that has successfully developed an HR product that mimics the way humans work to get more done efficiently & faster. Inbox-for-HR is a tech-savvy and bold-new approach to human resource ... read more

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42. Saba

Transform Your Talent Management Programs to Create Value for Your People and Your Business.

Saba delivers a cloud-based intelligent talent management solution used by leading organizations worldwide to hire, develop, engage and inspire their people. With machine learning at its core, Saba Cloud offers proactive, personalized recommendations on courses, connections and content to help employees and businesses lead and succeed. Saba has more than 31 million users and 2,200 customers across... read more

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43. IceHrm

Powerful But A Simple Way to Manage Your Company and People.

IceHrm employee management system allows companies to centralize confidential employee information and define access permissions to authorized personnel to ensure that employee information is both secure and accessible.

Free version

44. Jorani

Leave Management System.

With Jorani you can deploy a workflow for the leave and overtime requests of your organization. When creating en employe, specify its line manager and this manager will receive by e-mail the leave and overtime requests of its collaborators. Then, the manager can accept or reject any leave in a click.

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Odoo HR

45. Odoo HR

All-in-one HR management for modern companies

Odoo HR allows you to centralize all your information and successfully manage your employees, recruitment, evaluations, vacations, and attendances from the same place. Recruit top talent, create weekly/monthly timesheets with optional attendance tracking and oversee all important information for each department at a glance.

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Sentrifugo is a FREE and powerful Human Resource Management System.

Sentrifugo is a FREE and powerful Human Resource Management System that can be easily configured to meet your organizational needs. It offers HR resource modules with exceptional features and an intuitive interface. It's easy to set up, configure, and use. It can be easily configured to meet your organizational needs.

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Baraza HCM
A comprehensive Human Resource and talent management Software Solution.

The Baraza HCM solution tightly integrates the human resources management and payroll processes, and helps your organization’s HR department comply with industry best practices. Our solution provides functionalities for the entire human capital lifecycle from employee hiring to retiring. It provides users with the following business benefits.

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A fully managed cloud-hosted HR database platform.

Manage your employee data in our easy to use web-based app. It is fast and accessible, regularly backed up and fully maintained.

Free version

49. Cutehr

Cloud Based HR Software

CuteHR is a saas focused hr software for small and medium-sized business for handling all HR activities in an organization.

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Gen Desktop Payroll Software
Complete Solution For All the Human Resource Management

All Businesses requires some HR Administration Software to maintain the regular database of the employees. SAG Infotech PVT. Ltd. developed desktop/online payroll software for organizations and companies, which makes the HR Manager duties easier. The Gen Desktop payroll software maintains information like daily attendance, salary records marking as well as other personal details of the employees v... read more

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Buyer’s Guide
Buyer’s Guide for HR software

What makes any company a great place to work? Hilton, Salesforce, and FedEx made into the list of fortune top 100 companies to work for in 2019. Hilton has an employee first policy, whereas Salesforce is spending $8.7 million to address issues of gender and the race-based pay gap. FedEx provided $200 million in employee compensation in 2019. These are some instances that display the affinity these companies have shown towards their human assets, and the human resource departments of these companies have played an important role in achieving such milestones.

The function of HR has changed in current times. According to Gartner Research (2019), HR is now tasked with leading the organization through digital transformation.  Addressing people's requests and problems promptly, empowering employees with the inclusive work culture and keeping the environment free of racial or gender-based discrimination are the current focus areas of HR for sustainable employee development. This requires HR to deploy the best available technical tools and software suits to align and speed up their HR processes with the vision and mission of their corporations. The human resource software system can be a real game-changer in creating a balanced work environment for the workforce, where employees get ample opportunities to learn and grow.

This buyer’s guide for HR software is intended to provide human resource managers, HR personnel, HR generalists, HR specialists, users, businesses, and the software enthusiasts all the key essentials they must consider before setting their foot forward to buy an HR software for their organization. It analyzes all the major terms, types, focus areas, features, trends, and metrics that one should weigh upon thoroughly before initiating a buy on HR software.

What is HR Software?

HR software is a set of tools and applications suits that let the HR personnel manage their employee base and daily human resource tasks with enhanced efficiency.  It assists the HR to track approvals and organize workflow. HR can also monitor and gauge the employee satisfaction level based on various metrics that HR software has the capacity to calculate and report. The Human Resource Software is sometimes also referred to as the HR system, Human Resources Management Systems (HRMS), Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Human Capital Management (HCM), and Talent Management Systems (TMS).        

What are the different types of HR Software?

Based on Technical Differences


The cloud-based HR software is SaaS (Software as a Service) based software that allows users to access the software from anywhere using internet-enabled devices. The data is stored in the third-party cloud servers.


The on-premises human resource software is the one that gets installed on the connected computer systems of the organization, and it can be accessed through those computers only. The organizations that prefer keeping their data on their own servers and computer drives opt for on-premise HR software.


The open-source HR software allows users to customize the software to suit their needs. When organizations have to accommodate certain features in their HR systems that are unavailable with any vendor, then open-source HR software can opt. It allows organizations to customize, add, or delete features by changing the source code.

Based on Area of Specialization

Applicant tracking

This is recruitment focussed HR software that tracks job applications and candidates throughout the interview process. Such HR systems have features to view application on a centralized dashboard, automate sorting, search for required keywords in resumes, match percentage, etc.

Compensation based

HR compensation software focuses on the management of the allowances allowed to employees in cash or other forms of benefits. Overtime, gratuity, incentives, commissions, bonuses, etc. fall into the compensation category.

Employee Performance trackers

The performance focussed HR software offers a myriad of features to improve your employee appraisal process. It assists in taking 360-degree feedback. It also tracks target achievements by employees and keeps a record of reward points earned by them.

Training and Development based

The training focused software comes with HR tools to manage employee onboarding, training, learning management, course building, etc.

Talent based

This is an umbrella term that integrates recruitment, performance management, compensation, and learning and development. It has various HR tools and modules to manage human capital.

Attendance tracking

This software assists the HR people to monitor and record the attendance of the employees accurately, and it can integrate with the biometrics and payroll software. It tracks leaves of all types, paid vacation or tours, etc.

Payroll based

HR payroll software takes care of payrolls (fixed and flexible), tax-calculations, time-off accruals, etc.

HR investigation software

The HR investigation software helps HR managers to investigate harassment cases, and misconduct allegations in their organization. It has features to document the legal process, and it helps to keep the investigation process on track.

Based on Functional Differences:

Administrative HR software

The administrative human resource management software focuses on employee management, employee benefits, and maintenance of employee records. It also has features to manage payroll and document storage. It possesses the minimum features that every company needs to carry its HR activities effectively.

Workforce Management HR software

The workforce management HR software manages elements such as employee attendance, absence records, holiday requests, multiple shifts, and work structure. Some workforce management software features may overlap with features of administrative HR software.

Strategic HR software

Strategic HR software takes in hand the tasks of performance management, training and development, and recruiting top talent. It assists HR in increasing employee satisfaction. It is a part of strategic planning that caters to the long-term well-being of the organizations.

Why do you need HR software?

HR software provides your HR team with tools and metrics that can be used to gauge the overall progress of your organization in terms of the employee turnover rate, employee progress rate, attrition control, and recruitment analysis. An HR software also helps to speed up HR work, reduce human errors, and simplify hiring processes. Apart from all this, below are some other significant reasons why do you need an HR system:

Increasing productivity

HR managers can automate tasks related to screening, tracking, and sending mails to the candidates with the help of HR software. This enables the HR team to focus on core objectives.

Saving time 

HR systems have an option that enables HR managers to delegate certain tasks to employees through the self-service feature. Employees can raise a lot of requests on their own without contacting HR and those requests can be processed automatically. It saves a considerable amount of time for the HR personnel

Increasing employee trust

When requests, queries, and sanctions are through a digitally automated process, the employees are more likely to trust the organization in terms of solving their issues. As everything is recorded and documented in real-time, employees know that HR people won't be able to refute or contradict anything later. This also makes HR more responsible and exact in their dealings with the employees. 

Ensuring regulatory compliance

The human resource ministry of every nation frequently asks the corporates to submit various information types related to their workforce. Sometimes such requests are very specific and also on an urgent basis. For example, if HR ministry wants the corporates to submit the details of all employees below the age of 40 years who have not submitted their tax proofs, then HR people will have to search, segregate and classify through loads of paperwork to fetch such information. But with the HR system in place, they just have to filter the information with a few clicks and download the same in PDF, excel format.

Safeguarding valuable data

HR people have records of employee's personal details, academic and professional data, bank information, tax information, and also copies of various identity proofs. Many fraudulent companies or scammers may want to steal the employee data for employee poaching or for committing financial fraud by stealing such sensitive data. The password-protected layered security of HR software is difficult to breach than the paper documents in the offices.

What are the benefits of using HR software?

HR system assists in all operations of the HR personnel, such as

  • Staffing & Recruitment
  • Training & Development
  • Wage & Salary Administration
  • Work Culture & Environment
  • Security & Welfare Activities
  • Employer & Employee Relation
  • Records & Statistics
  • Promotion & Transfer
  • Integration & Separation
  • Retirement & Retrenchment
  • Legal Compliance & Government Reporting

With so many areas where the HR system can help to streamline work, the HR manager is significantly relieved of work pressure and therefore, can focus more on strategic planning. 

HR software provides real-time information about all employees and related data

HR people are the get to go people for all departments of an organization when it comes to seeking information about employees. The HR software can provide HR real-time information about the current status of all employees.

The decrease in compliance-related issue

Organizations that deploy HR software see an influx of all valuable information regarding current company laws, regulations, and compliance requirements. This helps the HR to cater well to all legal compliance required. Many HR software come with a compliance aid feature that gets automatically updated whenever local laws are changed. 

Save Costs

In the long-term, an efficient system such as the HR system saves a significant amount of money for the organizations. It saves a lot of paperwork. It monitors employees’ Key performance indicators that help organizations to carve out new strategies and modifications if required.

Employee Retention

The seamless and viable operations of the HR department will ultimately translate into increased employee retention. A positive experience at work will increase the rate of employee retention and will lead to greater employee engagement. 

What are the features to look before buying HR Software?

Employee Database

HR software has the feature to store all information related to the employees in a centralized repository. It records and keeps employee data in safe digital storage. It comes with search capabilities to see records of all current and former employees.  The below types of records are available in the employee database:

  • Role and designation of employees
  • Date of joining
  • Personal information, Biodata, Resume, etc
  • Employee History
  • Job profile information
  • Status of job-Part time, Full-time, or Contractual
  • Employee documents, ID proofs


This feature of HR software manages the payroll of the workforce. Doing salary calculations and pay-checks are the most error-prone zones of HR work that requires meticulous execution on their part. The software comes power-packed with tools to do:

  • Salary calculations
  • Bonus Calculations
  • Pay-check Calculations
  • Tax Calculations

Time and attendance:

Time and attendance management function of the HR software system works in collaboration with a time tracker and biometrics device. It takes care of the time and attendance related elements such as:

  • Checkin/Checkout
  • Scheduling
  • Absence Information
  • Late arrivals
  • Paid time off
  • Holidays and vacations
  • Leave count

Employee self-service

HR can save a lot of valuable time due to the employee self-service feature. HR portal can be accessed by the workforce with the employee login feature to accomplish certain tasks on their own. Employees get the freedom to access their documents, training modules, company policies, benefits, progress records, etc. There are many tasks that can be done via employee self-service method:

  • Access to the personal information database
  • Download personal data
  • Raise requests
  • Payroll Information
  • Access to company announcements and digital notice board
  • Raise requests such as time change,  leave,  and compensation
  • Travel reimbursements

Performance Review

HR can track the performance of the employees through a centralized dashboard. This feature allows HR to design, customize, and share survey forms, self-appraisal forms, and feedback forms with the employees.  It also presents valuable metrics to analyze employee progress.

  • Inbuilt Survey forms
  • Self-appraisal mechanism
  • 360-degree feedback

Applicants Tracking: The HR system has features to track job applicants. It can filter data, screen applications, and sort candidates.  It can automate the recruitment workflow. Other features in this category include:

  • Job postings
  • Job board Integrations
  • Candidate database
  • Background checks
  • Interview management
  • Onboarding (Orientation program)

Learning Management

Organizations work hard to keep their employee base up-to-date about new professional developments in their fields. This feature helps HR to manage the employee training and development process. Training and development modules are introduced and integrated via this software. HR can upload their own tailored courses. HR can track the progress of the employees in the enrolled courses.

  • Certificate management
  • eLearning modules
  • Assessment tools
  • Workshop integration

HR analytics and reports

The HR analytics processes data to come up with reports about the important aspects of the HR mechanism. The reports provide statistics that help HR to build an insight about the current functioning of the organization in relation to the human resource. HR can understand the below metrics:

  • Employee turnover rate (Employees who left/Average number of employeesx100)
  • Hiring vs. attrition trends
  • Employee tasks completion rate
  • Filters to find employee information reports

Employee benefits

HR system facilitates employee benefits processes. For instance, it keeps a record of group insurance and the medical policies of the employees. It allows employees to enroll in various schemes for their welfare, such as:

  • Insurance
  • Welfare activities
  • Gratuity
  • Medical check-ups

Asset Management

It assists the HR people to keep accurate records of the assets and other items allocated to the employees, such as:

  • Assets given to employees (Car, phone, Computers)
  • Loans given to employees
  • Advances given to employees

Document Manager

HR managers generate an overwhelming amount of documents on a daily basis. These documents need to be preserved for future references. This is where the document manager feature comes into the picture.  It is a kind of vault where HR managers can keep their documents safe. It is also used to:

  • Upload documents
  • Grant and control access to documents
  • Organize the files
  • Share files

Case Management

Employees raise a lot of individual questions and requests from time to time. The case management feature of human resource software lets the employees register their requests and questions on the portal. These requests have to be solved on a person to person basis.

  • Employee Questions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving
  • Status of requests
  • Reply to queries

Other Features


The robotic process automation is used to automate repetitive manual HR tasks. Many elements of activities, such as employee orientation program, relieving process, recruitment, etc. are repetitive and have to be done with all employees. Such tasks are automated by HR software.

GPS and mobile tracking

Many jobs require companies to track the exact location of their employees. People in field jobs, sales, and marketing employees are often tracked for various reasons. This feature helps HR in doing so.

User Support

Software vendors provide user support for the installation of the software after installation support and customer issues.

What are the Industry-wise requirements of HR software?

HR software for Large and medium-sized Corporations

Large corporations with several hundred employees have to evolve standard practices and streamlined processes when it comes to managing their huge employee base. HR software has features that cater to all their needs, particularly the employee benefits. An HR software can be used to mitigate payroll, time and attendance and training issues related to the large pool of workers.

HR software for Small Businesses

The core business workflow of small businesses can be somewhat similar to their larger counterparts. But the need and complexity of their business is very different from the large organizations.  Initially, a software that automates HR tasks, stores information securely, integrates payrolls, and helps in compliance management would suffice for them.  Small businesses should deploy HR software that is scalable with their progress.

HR software for Startups

Startups are more prone to the scrutiny of law. The very fact that they have not dealt more with the prevailing labor laws and the employee welfare laws make them vulnerable to strict legal penalties. A single unhappy and angered employee can cause startups a great deal of loss in legal suits. Startups should deploy human resource software to make themselves fully compliant with all legal formalities. Also, startups are more likely to perform well if they have proper technology at the place and every document ready in the vault of HR software.

HR software for service industries such as IT, Hospitality, Banks, Education Sector, and Hospitals:

The biggest issues in hospitals and hospitality are regarding the scheduling of staff, in banks the discontent of the employees, in IT attrition, and in the education sector the recruitment of qualified staff. All such issues can be addressed by using the HR software. 

HR software for Government Agencies and Nonprofits Organizations

Government agencies should house HR software for the onboarding process of new employees. The attrition rate is almost negligible when it comes to government jobs, but mostly government jobs have longer probation periods as government jobs are more secure, employees are very relaxed and might show some resistance to training. HR software can help to train the newly recruited staff.

HR software for Retail Businesses

Employees are the first faces of the organization in retail businesses. If the right people were not hired in the first place, it could cause irreparable damage to the reputation and business of the retail organization. Secondly, retail businesses often see a sudden surge in demand and customer footfalls seasonally. An HR software can help mitigate the above two issues by assisting in hiring the right people for the job and secondly helping in predicting the seasonal demand of employees by its analysis of the previous season.

HR software for Manufacturing

Manufacturing is totally dependent on the productivity of labor. The biggest issues in manufacturing are employee strikes. HR software can assist in managing the labor issues by quick disbursals of employee benefits, tracking shifts and labor hours, and managing payrolls accurately.

What are the essential things to keep in mind (Checklist) before purchasing HR software?
  • You should decide what type of HR system is required for your company and whether you need basic, professional, or enterprise-level plans to manage your needs.
  • Compare the vendors on the basis of the features and services they are providing. Check prices in each category. Keep in mind the vendor background. Ask questions such as- How long has the vendor been in the market?
  • Keep the cost factor in mind before buying HR software. Carefully consider the implementation costs, training costs, maintenance costs, and hardware costs (if applied) in mind. The thumb rule is that the Return on Investment (ROI) should be greater than the overall expenditure on the software.
  • Schedule a demo or use the free trial version first to understand what exactly you will be served and whether it will suffice your needs or not. Schedule a demo for your employees too. Make sure they will be comfortable using the software without difficulty.
  • Check what options are available for- Training integration, branding, compliance, reporting, and payroll.
  • HR software is a one-time investment for organizations that wish their employee base to sail into a positive trajectory. The software should be scalable with your growing employee base.
  • Check if customization options are available with your HR system or not.
What are the current Trends in HR?

Shift to Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

Using artificial intelligence combined with technologies such as Augmented reality and Virtual reality to improve the recruitment and onboard experience of employees has become a trend with larger corporations. Machine learning is used to implement HR processes easily.

Employee Autonomy

Employees are being given flexible hours, work from home options, choice of selecting projects, etc. to create unparalleled job satisfaction in them.

Use of HR analytics

With high-end standardization, streamlining, and automation of HR activities, technology companies such as SAP (Systems, Applications, Products), are changing the way HR is handled in organizations.

Data Insights for decisions

HR managers are relying on data generated metrics of HR systems to make wise, calculated, and informed decisions.

Upskilling the workforce through training and technical assistance

HR is constantly striving to make their workforce productive through a focus on:

  • Quality of recruitment
  • Using people analytics for making agile teams
  • Optimum use of the hired employees
  • Upskilling human resources through training and technical assistance

Rise of the contingent workforce

HR managers are hiring contractual workers, freelancers, on-call experts, and independent professionals to meet workforce demand. The current regime has turned in favor of the non-traditional workforce.

What is the Average Cost for buying HR software?

The costs of HR software also depend on a large number of factors such as:

  • Features it offers
  •  Whether it is a cloud-based or on-premise software
  •  Number of admins it allows
  •  Number of employees that it needs to manage
  •  Quality of service offered
  •  The interface and experience it provides to the HR personnel

These variations can significantly alter the costs and estimations of the software.

The average cost for buying an HR management software with enterprise version benefits is somewhere around $ 10 per employee per month. Apart from this, some vendors may charge for installation and training.

We have derived these cost approximations by analyzing the average costs of the top HR software that are listed on the GoodFirms page.  For example, the popular software like Zoho People basic plan will cost around $1 (per month per employee), Zenefits Growth plan will cost you around $14 (per month per employee), and PeopleHR elite plan will cost you around $ 10 (per month per employee). Apart from the per employee per month plans, a full-fledged software installation of software such as Gen Desktop Payroll Software will cost you around $215 a year.

What is the future of companies opting for HR software?

The employee experience still occupying the number one spot in the gig economy requires the HR managers to stay abreast of new technological practices in the HR field.   But contrary to the requirement, only 9% of Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) agree that their organization is prepared for the future of work. So, it is high time that all organizations and their HR departments should gear up for the future of the work. 

In the future, the real game changers will be the HR software integrated with wearable devices to monitor workplace health and track employee data. With everything automated, the HR professionals will act more as the guiding force rather than the executive force as they are today. In all possible scenarios, the software will be the pivot of every HR action. An impactful Employee ROI will depend largely on reliable and robust human resource software. HR specialists adopting technologies such as the HRIS system, big data, and analytics will be well-positioned to cater to the needs of the millennials and the Generation Z workforce.

Why refer to GoodFirms' list of top HR software?

You might randomly search for the HR software on the internet and find many software vendors that claim to provide HR management services, but knowing the authenticity and accurate categorization of that software is not easy. GoodFirms, on the other hand, has researched, categorized, and listed the top HR system based on their exact features and merits. GoodFirms researches with a focus on the effective surveys of the software giants worldwide. It applies stringent analysis policy, and currently, it has a whopping database of above 9000 software services with 15K unbiased reviews of verified users. The research team at GoodFirms has invested significant working hours in analyzing a number of software applications before finalizing the HR software list. All software that made into the final list had to go through a series of checks that prove their worthiness. Users are advised to go through the list and apply filters based on pricing models, devices supported, deployment criteria, available support, etc. to find the HR software that will best suit their needs.