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What is BrightHR?

BrightHR is a cloud-based HR software for SMEs that helps to manage holiday requests, absence and rotas efficiently, in real-time.

BrightHR's simple to use software allows you to manage staff holidays, TOIL, sickness and lateness in a click and the mobile apps means that you can do this from anywhere in the world.

No more needing to be in the office to approve holiday requests. And you can use BrightHR to plan and share staff rotas so that your employees can easily see when they are working without any hassle.

Plus, BrightHR is here to help you get back to business after the COVID-19 crisis. Use our new back to work navigator, furlough navigator, redundancy navigator and BrightSafe H&S software to help you reopen your business quickly and safely. Plus, our new VaccTrak feature makes it easy for you to record who’s had the COVID-19 vaccine and who’s still on the waiting list.

BrightHR also provides unlimited cloud storage for HR documents, so you can ditch the filing cabinets and endless bits of paper and be confident that you have everything saved in one place. And that’s not all…

Blip! is a free clocking in and out app available for BrightHR customers and is the perfect way for SMEs to track working hours without old-fashioned clocking cards. Simply use the free app and QR codes for your staff to 'blip' in and out and generate a log of who's in the workplace at any point.

And now manage staff expenses with ease and approve them on the go with PoP (proof of purchase), our new app which is free for BrightHR customers.

But that’s not all… BrightHR customers can access BrightSafe, our health & safety management system and with the BrightSafe On The Go app, you can manage health & safety tasks wherever you are. With BrightAdvice you can get a direct line to qualified legal experts and with Bright Wellbeing & Counselling, our employee assistance programme, you can support your staff through life’s challenges, and your business will benefit.

BrightHR scored 95/100 (Top 3 in Human Resources (HR)) in the Human Resources (HR) category. This is based on user satisfaction (98/100), press buzz (40/100), recent user trends (falling), and other relevant information on BrightHR gathered from around the web.

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BrightHR Product Overview

  • Track your team’s attendance in a click with absence management software.

  • Manage holiday entitlement with the staff holiday planner.

  • Create your personalised rota in seconds using the shift and rota app.

  • Store important HR documents with unlimited Cloud storage.

  • Use Blip to let staff clock in and out of work with their mobiles.

  • Use PoP (proof of purchase) to manage expense requests and mileage claims.

Languages Supported: English

BrightHR Features

  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • Analytics
  • API
  • Application Tracking
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Budgeting
  • Calendar Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Incentive Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Training
  • Expense Tracking
  • External Integrations
  • Feedback Management
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt Charts
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Onboarding
  • Payroll
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Task Scheduling/Tracking
  • Timesheets
  • Travel Management
  • Vacation & Absence Calendar
  • Time Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Performance Reviews
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Reports
  • Self-service Portal

BrightHR FAQs

What is BrightHR generally used for?

People management
Holiday planner
Document storage
Clocking in and out

Does BrightHR offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

Yes, all users should have their own log in.

What platforms does BrightHR support?

iOS, Android, Web

Does BrightHR offer an API?


Does BrightHR offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

User guides, video support, onboarding and a service team.

What are some applications BrightHR is commonly used in tandem with?


Does BrightHR integrate with any other apps?


Who are the main user groups of BrightHR?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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BrightHR User Reviews

Average User Rating:
4.88/5 based on 1104 user ratings.
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"Very user friendly interface and helpful staff"

What do you like about BrightHR?

Had a call with Hollie-High who ran me through the website and how the UI works, she was very friendly and helpful while showing me how to work through the hub.

What do you dislike about BrightHR?

No bad comments about BrightHR, Hollie showed great customer service and it looks to be a good HR hub.

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"Training too rushed & system issues before we've even got started"

What do you like about BrightHR?

It seems simple enough. What I have seen of the system it looks ok although not convinced it will work for us. See below.

What do you dislike about BrightHR?

Duplication of phone calls trying to sell us the product even after we've bought it.
Training too rushed in a bid to close the session after 30 mins only.
The system has repeatedly crashed during the two attempts I've tried to use it since signing up, so this gives the impression it is not going to be reliable.
Some of the content is incorrect; the two options of setting up staff, one of which is a variable hours contract says it is not for 'zero hours staff' yet there is not option to put these staff elsewhere and it has to be used.
The permissions section, last drop down box, gives the impression managers can go in and change their own absences which should not be allowed.
I am not confident this is going to work and hope I am proved wrong. Peninsula is a reliable company but I'm not sure all Bright HR staff are fully knowledgable of the product before training/supporting its customers.

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"Great system "

What do you like about BrightHR?

It’s very straight forward and easy to use. There is App support too which is very handy.

What do you dislike about BrightHR?

I would like more options regarding contract workers and further integration into blip. Especially on the dashboard.

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