Best HR software of 2019

Best HR software

1. BambooHR

2. Bullhorn

3. Workable

4. People

5. Lanteria HR

Read on for our detailed analysis of each service

To better manage your employees you need to have good human resources (HR) software. The best out there will cover all aspects for you, from tracking applicants to following through the hiring process, as well as being able to organize and schedule training, payrolls, taxes, and benefits. Even better is if you are also able to monitor employee performance, to ensure that supervision and further training can be recommended as required.

However, not all HR software is as fully featured as this, and if you already have payroll integrated with accounts, and training provision already covered, you may only require a HR solution that tracks applicants for new vacancies and the hiring process itself.

Ultimately, which HR software you use will depend upon your business needs, and how much of the HR process is not yet properly covered by any mechanisms, applications, or software platforms already in place.

Here then we'll look at a range of the best in HR software. All of these deliver on different features and elements of the HR process for you to manage, and all of these recommendations have been based on a number of considerations, not least features, cost, professional reviews, and user experiences.

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Image credit: BambooHR

(Image credit: BambooHR)

1. BambooHR

An all-in-one HR solution for businesses

Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: None | Free trial: 7-day

Mobile support
Most facets are covered
Opaque pricing
More focused on data

BamboHR is a web-based system for managing your human resource operations. Used by tens of thousands of HR professionals around the world, including SoundCloud and ZipRecruiter, it aims to automate mundane processes so you can focus your time on more important work.

This cloud-based solution offers applicant and training tracking, e-signatures to replace paper-based systems, time-off management, performance tools and easy reporting. There’s also a mobile app, meaning you can keep on top of everything while you’re away from the office.

Bamboo can also process automated requests and approvals, and you’re sent reminders when things need to be brought to your attention. All data is protected with bank-level security, so you don’t need to worry about employee data being leaked.

The firm offers a choice of two plans: Essentials and Advantage. Unfortunately there is no pricing on the website, so you’ll need to contact the company for a free quote.


Image credit: Bullhorn

(Image credit: Bullhorn)

2. Bullhorn

Software which is laser-focused on hiring the best applicant for the job

Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Hiring, on-boarding, resume parsing | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: LinkedIn, Gmail, Outlook | Free trial: Demo only

Search engine approach to candidate selection
Generate actionable data reports
Lack of free trial
Opaque pricing

Bullhorn is HR software that focuses on the hiring process, and more specifically applicant tracking. It is purpose-built and designed to streamline recruiter tasks, improve the job applicant’s experience, and also to leverage data in order to generate “staffing-specific actionable reports.”

Bullhorn seamlessly integrates with other platforms including Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn. Additional features include snagging candidate information from job boards, the Bullhorn parsing engines which can capture data from a resume, and a “fast find” search bar that uses keywords and Boolean logic searches that can sift through candidates, displaying them based on relevance (or other stipulations such as the most recent applications).

The entire interview process is streamlined in Bullhorn, from scheduling to organizing notes and feedback as everything progresses.

Bullhorn offers four levels of plans, including the most popular Enterprise tier. A notable shortcoming is that there is no free trial, and the pricing is opaque, requiring you to get in touch for a quote, which is “determined by the number of people that want access to the system – including recruiters, salespeople, and managers.”


Image credit: Workable

(Image credit: Workable)

3. Workable

A simple way to manage the hiring process

Platforms: Web and mobile apps | Resources covered: Trackable communication, candidate database and talent CRM | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Standard business software such as Tableau, Charito, Periscope and Google Sheets | Free trial: 15-day

Easy to use
Limited customization

Workable is a cross-platform solution that allows companies to keep track of future candidates in a simple and efficient way. With Workable users can set up a careers page offering the latest jobs in a matter of minutes.

This subscription-based software offers an easy way to manage the hiring process. From the visually clean dashboard you can organize potential hires, share their files readily with your team and have all candidates saved in a single database.

Workable offers a 15-day trial (no credit card required) which will allow you plenty of time to decide if it works for your organization. The 'Pay as you Go' tier allows users to subscribe for $50 (£39) per job. This entitles the subscriber to online support, mobile applications, a branded careers page, interview scheduling and much more. There are two other tiers available (Starter and Pro), but you will need to contact Workable directly in order to receive a quote.


Image credit: People

(Image credit: People)

4. People

A mobile-ready HR system

Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, payroll, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Sage, Ceridian Payroll, Star, Moorepay, Google Drive, Dropbox | Free trial: Yes

Google Drive and Dropbox support
Mobile-ready design
Limited free trial
Per employee pricing

People is a web-based solution which has been designed to increase the efficiency of the full spectrum of HR processes. 

It sports an applicant tracking system to keep tabs on those applying for jobs, an authorisation logbook, a full-time and part-time holiday leave calculator, 24-hour timesheets and an expenses logger. Custom workflows can be created to automate the drudgery of repeated manual processes, such as the sending of welcome emails to new hires, and scheduling their on-boarding training.

The software has been optimized to work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. There are some handy integrations too. For managing payroll, you can use services such as Star, Ceridian, Moorepay and Sage. And you can use People with common cloud storage providers such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

People offers a choice of four plans, which start with the Team plan for $4 (£2) per employee per month.


Image credit: Lanteria HR

(Image credit: Lanteria )

5. Lanteria HR

HR management for enterprises

Platforms: Web and mobile | Resources covered: Tracking, time-off, payroll, training, performance management | Cloud-based: Yes | Integrations: Office 365 | Free trial: Yes

Office 365 support
Training capabilities
Only for mid-size or larger businesses

Lanteria has developed an HR management platform tailored for medium and large-scale businesses. It offers modules and dashboards for different areas of human resources, such as attendance, recruitment and application tracking, employee performance and internal learning. 

The focus here is on getting the most out of employees, and nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than with the education-related capabilities. You’re able to deliver targeted training programmes and track the performance of your staff members. Lanteria HR is cloud-based which means that it can be accessed on a diverse range of devices.

Pricing requires contacting Lanteria for a custom quote. The cost is determined by the number of modules chosen, the number of employees, and whether the software is hosted in the cloud, or on a company server.