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Human resource management system (HRMS)

The terms human resource management system (HRMS) and human resource information system (HRIS) are often used interchangeably and while they do share similarities, both are essentially software that allow HR activities and processes to occur electronically, there are some differences in their capabilities. 

HRMS software providers typically cover the same elements as an HRIS but because the HRMS business covers such a wide range of employee size and functional requirements, not all HRMS providers have a progressive Talent Management component included in their offering.

Uses for a HRMS

HRMS software providers typically cover the same elements as an HRIS, namely:

  • recruiting/ATS (Applicant Tracking System)

  • core human resources

  • benefit administration 

  • absence management

  • compensation management

  • training and development

  • workflow tracking and management

  • self-service (candidate/employee/manager)

  • reporting

However, the two characteristics of any true HRMS are:

  • payroll

  • time & labor management (TLM)

Learn more about employee record software and government payroll software.