Top 5 Open Source Software for Human Resource Management

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In today’s global market, it is vital for companies to hold on to their most vital asset, which is the human resource, if they are to remain relevant in spite of the aggressive competition all around them.

This is because the success chart for any company not only depends on factors such as technology, strategies, and products, but also on its labor force to a large extent.

This makes it crucial for employers to handle and manage their human resource department in an effective manner if they are to retain them and get the best out of them.

By using modern, high-quality software technologies, companies can easily achieve effective human resource management, which will in turn lead to maximum workforce output.

Human resource software has largely grown and developed since the desktop computer was first put to use in the 1980’s and today, there are numerous applications available, some are free and while some not.

For those that are sold at a price, you might want to Google the internet for discounts.

The following is a list of some of the top five open source apps available for human resources…

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Free recruitment tool
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The fully managed, cloud hosted HR database
Great for small businesses
Easy to use.
No long-term commitments.
No hardware to setup or manage.

Great for larger organisations and those with multiple sites
Accessible from anywhere.
International name formats and scripts.
Secure, resilient and highly available.
Retain historical employment records.
No vendor lock-in.

The LATRIX is an HR support web application. It provides presence and attendance recording, attendance tracking, paperless leave applications (with freely definable leave types), block periods, a fire register and extensive reporting options.

Time & Attendance
Track employee time, easily, accurately and from anywhere.

Scheduling & Leave Management
Schedule employees and track available vacation / sick time accruals.

Payroll & HRM / Recruitment
Handle employee skills / qualifications and process payroll with just a few clicks.

Job Costing & Expenses
Allocate time to jobs / tasks and track employee expenses while in the field.

System Administration & User Roles
The System Administration module is packed with tools to create data sets, extract reports and create a well-functioning and organized HR environment.

Personnel Information Management (PIM)
The PIM is a complete and secure HR Database with advanced reporting capabilities. You can generate reports with ease using a variety of filters and selection criteria.

Leave / Time off Management
This highly flexible module is capable of supporting local and global leave policies and rules to monitor and manage employee time off. Staff can book time off and track them while they go through an automated approval workflow.

Time & Attendance Management
Capture and review attendance and timesheet data to increase efficiency and productivity. You can also connect your biometric devices via an API with this flexible attendance management module.

Recruitment & On-Boarding
A state-of-the-art recruitment module, with applicant tracking, an interview assistant, personality insights and predictive analytics to hire the right candidate and integrates with our on-boarding module for a smooth welcome.

Performance & Training
The Performance module of OrangeHRM Professional simplifies and speeds your performance review process. Create self-scaling job evaluations based on specific key performance indicators. The training module will align your employees performance with the required training efforts in this easy-to-use HR module.

Travel & Expense Tracker
This add-on module can be used to manage budget approvals from projects, travel or events. The module also features the capability to track and process reimbursement requests.

Employment Compliance
OrangeHRM’s Compliance Solution is an efficient way to help manage completion and storage of the forms an employment compliance authority requires for new hires in your country. The solution transforms manual procedures into an automated online process with electronic forms and documents with easy access and secured storage.

Insurance Benefits
The Insurance-Benefits module allows organizations to create a custom online open enrollment application that offers employees plan and provider descriptions, access to provider websites, and plan pricing.

Document Manager
This module integrates seamlessly with other module in OrangeHRM to help you generate documents such as employee contracts, service letters, and warning notices etc.

Disciplinary Tracking
It is important to document all steps associated with handling discipline with staff. Now with OrangeHRM you can track and maintain all cases and actions with ease.

The OrangeApp makes your HR environment as adaptable as you are. Enjoy the flexibility to monitor and manage HR services on Android or iPhone device when you are away from the office.

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Editor’s Note: Examine All Your Options

Human resource software has largely grown and developed over time and today, and as seen from the selections above, there are various kinds available, some free and some not.

The selection process should be taken diligently and slowly — last thing you want to do is getting everything up and running only to discover the operational costs and needs are also absorbing your budget or profits right out the door.

We consider some more options in our later post Open Source HR Software? or Closed Source? Which Shall It Be? where we provide more food for thought, advice, as well as a starting point for your needs assessment and selection process.

If you have already opted out of pursuing an Open Source System or want to discover what options are available to you through Closed Source Systems, then by all means go for a free consultation.

To get you started, you can contact Lauren Gander at our preferred solutions vendor HR Software Solutions where she will assist you in discovering more of what you need to know.


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  1. You can take a look at IntAlligent agile talent management, Intalligent is different, disruptive and fresh, very easy to use for both employees and HHRR departments, and is agile powered, we also have an open source version.
    Open source:

  2. Hi Ragland — Apologies for the delayed response, we’ve got a few projects for the site underway that have us rationing our time on everything.

    Customization is (and will probably will always be) a challenge. However it really depends on the software as well. Even with closed systems like Oracle, SAP, PeopleSoft, WorkDay the task is not easy and requires a lot of testing to be sure the thing doesn’t break during production. Where open source has an advantage is the programming can be totally customized, you just have to remember that standardization is not possible with any software after a certain point.

    Most open software systems do have forums that can be helpful as well as user groups on LinkedIn, Yahoo Google as well as other platforms — try googling “forum (name of system)” for starters. Also discern your information flow both in and out of the computer as well as how your information is stored in the system — this will keep your customizations inline with your business processes.

    In the gist of it all — you get what you pay for but at the same time you learn a lot as well.. Knowledge never goes to waste…

    Hopefully this will help and we’re glad you like the blog…

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  4. Hermes — we’ve expanded our services and our reach since you posted your comment here. If you are still with intalligent, contact us via email to setup a 20 minute call — we’ll add your information to this post and update it shortly thereafter…. To email us, just click the Contact Us link at the top right of the page or just click here:

  5. When it comes to open source software it really good to utilize those at some level but it’s not recommended to opt the same for HR & payroll management or HR process and better you go for some cloud based payroll software with high level of security and make sure it can be customized as per the requirement. I would recommend to checkout quite a few hr software for business listed on

  6. Very informative article. Except mentioned human resource management software there are many other open source and free hr software like Bitrix24, WebHR, Sentrifugo, etc. available in the market. Have found an article which mentioned top free and open source HR software for business. One can view at

    There are many other marketplaces like SoftwareAdvice, SoftwareSuggest, Capterra, GetApp, etc,. available which provide list of top HR software at very affordable price.

  7. When it comes to open source software its really good to utilize those at some level but it’s not recommended to opt the same for HR & payroll management or HR process and better you go for some cloud based payroll software with high level of security and make sure it can be customized as per the requirement. I would recommend to checkout quite a few hr software for business listed on

  8. Thanks for sharing that page Jeeni. Knowing our options is always a great step, however as noted in the Editor’s note there is a step before all this that most fail to take.

    Reviewing and assessing the current business processes as well as ascertaining what needs to change not only for the short-term but for the next several years goes a long way in building the knowledge needed to make a wise and informed decision.

    After that point, it would be far easier to perform the due diligence of examining one’s options.

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