Now that we’ve shared with you the top APAC countries to start a business , the next step is to hire and manage your new team. The downside of relying on paperwork or expanding Excel sheets means we will be overwhelmed one day and mistakes are bound to happen. Thankfully, companies around APAC have come up with solutions to solve different HR pain points. From recruiting to payroll management, read on to discover them individually or scroll down to the end of each section see our comparison table.
Recruitment and job listing apps and websites
1. Glints (Singapore)
Glints is a job hosting platform target at fresh graduates or soon-to-be graduates looking for internships or junior positions to start their careers on the right foot. They have a team that helps optimise each company’s profile, making sure each of them are attractive to potential hires. To ease the hiring process for their clients, Glints’ technology also screens resumes to select the most suitable candidates for available jobs.
Hailing from Singapore, Oswald Yeo, Ying Cong Seah and Qin En Looi started Glints in 2014 and has had the backing of known investors like 500 Startups and East Ventures.
Countries covered: Singapore, Indonesia
Clients: Puma, Redmart, Singtel, Grab
Ideal for: Companies looking for interns and executives based in Singapore and/or Indonesia
Charges: Employers pay one-month salary of an applicant upon successful hire or monthly subscription available too
2. GetLinks (Thailand)
GetLinks is a curated job platform for tech companies to find digital talent in design, software development and digital marketing. Each company’s profile and candidate’s resume is vetted through for relevancy before being posted on their platform. This ensures that companies have access to applications with the exact skillset that they are looking for and applicants get to browse through the right kind of jobs that they want.
Founder Djoann Fal started GetLinks in April 2015 with co-founders Pichaya Srifar and Polpat Songthamjitti simultaneously with BKK Startup Job Fest, a startup tech fair where attendees were required to download the GetLinks app in order to gain entry and access to companies like Uber, Google and Lazada.
Countries covered: Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Cambodia
Clients: Zalora, Uber, Thomson Reuters, Airbnb
Ideal for: Startups looking for millennials with tech-specific skills
Charges: Employers are charged based on a percentage of each successful hire’s salary
3. WOBB (Malaysia)
WOBB is a mobile app and website that helps millennials find and apply for jobs faster and easier with just a swipe of a finger. WOBB’s team also filters through all CVs before they are sent to employers to ensure that they always maintain a quality pool of applicants. Although 80-90% of users access WOBB via their website, 90% of job applications are received via their mobile app, proving its popularity amongst Gen Y jobseekers.
After years of being in the recruitment industry, WOBB’s founder and CEO Derek Toh realised the importance of company culture to Gen Y jobseekers. What started as a blog in October 2014 soon turned into a job listing platform that focuses on company culture. Employers can also opt to have WOBB’s team produce content and design for an attractive company page for an extra charge.
Countries covered: Malaysia
Clients: PayPal, KFIT, Digi, Mindvalley
Ideal for: Employers looking to hire Gen Y talents who fit into a non-traditional company culture
Charges: Prices start from RM250 (US$62) for a simple job advertisement to a premium employer’s package for RM27,700 (US$6,891) (currently on a special offer for just RM15,000 until October 2016!)
4. Weirdly (New Zealand)
Weirdly aims to minimise the risk of bad hires by building a system that helps employers decide on a candidate’s best fit into the company’s culture and values. Jobseekers are required to complete a quiz customised by the hiring company before they are filtered by Weirdly’s team so that companies know how to prioritise those who are best suited for the job and its environment.
Founders Dale Clareburt, Simon Martin, Keren Phillips and Hayden Raw collectively share 20 years of experience in human resources and recruitment when they launched Weirdly in 2014. By April 2015, they had over 300 clients and 9000 eager jobseekers on their system.
Countries covered: New Zealand, Australia, USA
Clients: Allianz, Bank of New Zealand, Spark, Vend
Ideal for: Values and brand-based startups and small companies who are looking for candidates with specific types of personalities
Charges: NZ$99 (US$72) to NZ$399 (US$289) a month depending on the type of package (we recommend giving the free trials a go as well!)
5. JingJobs (China)
JingJobs’ purpose is to be a easy-to-navigate platform for multilingual graduates from around the world find jobs in China. The team also focuses heavily on organising offline events as they understand the importance and struggles of creating a network in the midst of a country with a population of over a billion. Their job fairs aim to make job hunting quick and interactive for candidates with activities like speed networking sessions and talks by notable personalities in different industries.
Samantha Kwok founded JingJobs after she personally experienced trouble looking for a job in the huge Chinese market. She found other websites at that time difficult to navigate and they were simply not tailored for anyone but locals. Launched in 2014, JingJobs has since grown into a hub for expats and even locals who want a headache-free experience of job hunting in China.
Countries covered: China
Clients: CSOFT International, Australian Chamber of Commerce, Prologics, Amanda App
Ideal for: Foreign companies with a base in China looking for multi-lingual candidates
Charges: RMB1,888 (US$284) – RMB8,888 (US$1,336) for HR Butler services
Here’s a comparison table of all the recruitment apps above:
Talent recruited? Manage them with apps and systems from APAC
1. Employment Hero (Australia)
Employment Hero wants to make managing employees a paperless and efficient task for all employers. This fully integrated cloud-based system offers an extensive list of services including onboarding, leave and attendance tracking, payroll systems and even workplace health and safety reporting. In keeping up with the times, they even have a mobile app that allows employers and employees to easily access their systems without even going near a desktop.
CEO Ben Thompson founded Australia’s first all-in-one HR platform in Australia back in 2013 after he realised that HR departments in the country still relied on a lot of paperwork. Since then, his company has serviced 35,000 employees and 500 employers in 3 different countries. Operating as a freemium service, Employment Hero easily caters to a wide range of customers with different requirements and needs.
Clients: Holiday Inn, Delivery Hero, Intech Credit Union
Ideal for: Companies of any size looking for a well-rounded platform with multiple features
Charges: From AU$0 per employee per month to AU$8 (US$6) per employee per month, additional charges will apply for more features
Awards: Startup Daily Top 50 Emerging Leaders 2015, 2015 Employer Choice Award, Aeon Hewitt Best Employers 2013
2. Talenta (Indonesia)
Talenta’s is a SaaS human resource platform that helps companies manage their staff’s payroll efficiently by monitoring attendance, leaves, benefits, bonuses and taxes. For employers that don’t want to manage such tasks themselves, there is also the additional service of outsourcing payroll management. At the moment, Talenta is working on introducing a recruitment tracking and training and learning system for their customers as well.
Talenta is the brainchild of Joshua Kevin who was only 22 years old at the time who had originally meant for it to be a public relations platform. To establish himself from his larger competitors, Joshua wants to offer not just customisation and installation of the software but also a lifelong service. Since then, Talenta has been funded and supported by known VC names like East Ventures.
Clients: Grab, Go-Jek, TopasTV, ShopDeca
Ideal for: Companies of any size who are looking for a software to mainly manage payrolls
Charges: Free to IDR20,000 (US$2) a month, based on company size
3. Kakitangan (Malaysia)
With the support of experts in employee benefits, human resources and user experience design, Kakitangan makes the tedious task of managing payrolls easier. They achieve this by focusing on a simple yet aesthetically pleasing design and by implementing automated processes so employers can focus their efforts and finances on improving other parts of their business instead. With the understanding of the need to ease a more traditional Malaysian market into using HR systems, Kakitangan affordable for employers to implement into their company.
In 2014, founder Effon Khoo realised there was a gap in the Malaysian market for an effective online HR system when he moved to a smaller company after a 5 year stint at Microsoft. He believes that by implementing a system to help process payrolls and leave management, it would improve overall staff efficiency thus leading to a happier and more satisfied environment to work in.
Clients: MyBurgerLab, TheLorry, The Biji-biji Initiative
Ideal for: Startups and small companies who need a straightforward platform to manage their staff
Charges: RM100 (US$25) base price + RM6 (US$2) per employee
4. PayrollHero (Philippines)
Payroll Hero fully embraces smartphone integration in everyone’s lives by making it fun and easy for employees to clock in at work and manage leave requests. On the employer’s side, their powerful system allows for real-time updates on employees’ attendance, data tracking, analysis and exports, payroll and payslips generation and more. It uniquely encourages staff to clock in and out at work by taking a selfie with their phones or laptop cameras even when they are at different locations – a feature that would prove most useful to those in the Food & Beverage industry.
In the world of technology startups where competition is fierce, Stephen Jagger has brought PayrollHero to great heights since its inception in 2011. His software now services companies in 9 countries, each with a unique offering of its own. For example, for customers in the Philippines, PayrollHero is able to generate government reports for different agencies, a feature that is not necessarily required by companies in other countries.
Countries covered: Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Canada, United States
Clients: Redmart, The Coffee Bean, Krispy Kreme, Zendesk
Ideal for: Companies with staff who are required to work at varying locations e.g. food outlets
Charges: From US$5 to US$15 per employee per month plus implementation fees, other features available at an extra charge
5. Talenox (Singapore)
Talenox offers payroll and leave management systems for companies. To cater to their native Singaporean market, their software also has additional widgets for labour and employer stipulations specific to the country as well. Talenox’s system is designed to be easy to use and even easy on the eyes so that even those with little to no experience would not face difficulties getting used to it. With a simple but effective range of product offering, they cater to smaller businesses who need a solution to keep their HR problems at bay.
Talenox was conceived in in 2013 after founders Edwin Feng and Gordon Ng realised that the current software solutions being used by companies in Singapore at that time were not user-friendly and complicated. By placing their main focus on the user’s experience, they kept their product offering at the right size to satisfy small to medium businesses.
Countries covered: Singapore
Clients: SC Cloud Accountants, Pancamara Cafe, Slake Bar + Kitchen, Cresenture
Ideal for: Small companies that require a simple system to manage employee payroll and leave
Charges: SG$6 (US$4) per employee per month for companies up to 200 staff, enterprise pricing is available for larger establishments, 30 days free trial available to all
Here’s a comparison table of all the human resource management systems above:
P.S. We may not be able to help you with human resource matters, but we can help you in other areas of your company. Incase you need help in terms of lead generations, data mining, data maintenance and customer support, don’t hesitate to ask us, Supahands, for assistance.