The evolution of BrightHR
We started BrightHR with an idea: to create simple HR software that makes people management easier for SMEs. And ever since, we’ve worked hard to improve it. Here are our greatest moments:
TOP 25 Work Tech Vendor!
We've been named one of the Top 25 Work Tech Vendors by Inspiring Workplace!
This is an incredible honor, and we are so grateful for the recognition. Our technology is designed to drive positive change for organisations and their people, and we are thrilled to be acknowledged for that impact.
Introducing our BRAND NEW Salary Calculator!
With BrightHR's new salary calculator, you can easily find out the market salary rate for ANY role you're hiring for, instantly. Edge out your competition with REAL TIME insights and make confident hiring decisions.
NEW release: Open shifts!
Open shifts are finally here—letting you create and notify your staff that an unassigned shift is ready for them to claim on a first-come-first-serve basis.
It’s a fair and easy way to fill up gaps in your roster. Plus, it lets your staff take control of their schedule and earn some extra cash by opting in for more shifts!
Introducing our NEW Learning Management System (LMS)
We launched on-the-go e-learning as a feature earlier this year, but that was just the beginning! BrightHR is investing in your team’s development – launching BrightLearn, a fully integrated Learning Management System (LMS) that puts you in control of your whole team’s training. Assign courses to staff members, track completion and save certificates, so you comply with your mandated training requirements.
Blip now easier than ever to use!
Access Blip from PC, laptop, tablet or mobile. You can also add, edit and remove set geo-locations on all devices, giving you complete control from wherever you are.
NEW release: Custom reporting
Game-changing feature ALERT!
Admins and Managers can now create customised reports based on employee and absence data, giving you more control and insight into your HR management.
40 million clock ins on Blip globally!
Wow, we've hit a major milestone! We're thrilled to announce that we have reached 40 million clock ins on Blip globally, and it's all thanks to our amazing users, thank you!
NEW BrightHR release: UNLIMITED CASH REWARDS when you refer a business to BrightHR
Our new Bright Promoter Programme has launched! This is your chance to rack up UNLIMITED cash-building bonuses. Simply tell us who you’re referring, and if they sign up, we’ll reward you with every business you refer.
NEW BrightHR release feature: Manage documents in bulk on IOS & Android
Effortlessly manage documents on-the-go with the latest BrightHR app update!
No need to fuss with uploading and deleting files one-by-one. With the latest mobile update, you can now manage documents in bulk just like you would on the web app.
BrightHR is a TrustRadius 2023 Top Rated Award winner!
We've been recognised as one of the best HR management companies by Trust Radius for Spring 2023! A big thank you to our staff, this wouldn't be possible without you!
Shortlist: Prolific North Tech Awards 2023
We're thrilled to announce we've just been shortlisted for Medium Tech Company of the year at the Prolific North Champions Awards 2023!
G2 recognises BrightHR as leaders
We're happy to announce that G2 have recognised us once again as leaders in the Test Automation category!
Shortlist: Global Business Tech Awards 2023
BrightHR has been shortlisted in the SaaS Company of the Year category for the second year running!
Brand-new! Bulk import employee data into your BrightHR
You can now save time on your onboarding by by importing bulk employee data via spreadsheet, making it even easier to swap to Bright!
BrightHR introduces on-the-go e-learning
Our brand-new expert e-learning courses are CPD-accredited and FREE for BrightHR customers, allowing you to encourage consistent training on a wide range of topics.
BrightHR: SaaS Company of the Year winners!
BrightHR has been named SaaS Company of the Year at the Computing Technology Product Awards 2022. The awards count public votes to find the winners, so this accolade shows the incredible support from our community and beyond.
30 million global clock ins
Blip now has over 30 million global clock-ins!
This means that there's been over 20 million clock-ins in just over a year!
We've been ranked in Best Companies Q3 League Tables!
We're happy to annouce that we've been ranked in three different 'Best Companies to work for' categories! #19 in the UK Business Service sector, #95 in the North West and #121 of large companies in the UK.
BrightHR: Trust Radius Best Relationship Summer 2022
We've been recognised as one of the best HR management companies by Trust Radius for Summer 2022! A big thank you to our staff, this wouldn't be possible without you!
Updated: PoP on web application
This will provide admins & managers with the ability to view expenses submitted by employees, review the details, and update the status of the expenses record on the web, in addition to doing this via the PoP mobile app.
Shortlist: Prolific North Tech Awards 2022
BrightHR has been shortlisted in the Software-as-a-Service company of the year category again!
BrightHR ranked #58 in the TechRound SaaS for 2022
BrightHR have been ranked #58 in the TechRound SaaS for 2022. This award highlights the innovation and success of SaaS companies in the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world!
Updated: Second COVID-19 booster
Users can now record the date of their second COVID-19 booster, allowing employers to track the vaccination status of their employees.
Shortlist: Computing Tech Product Awards 2022
BrightHR's innovative suite of HR software has been shortlisted for Best Software-as-a-Service Provider at the Technology Product Awards 2022.
Enhancement to rotas
Admins, managers and employees now have the option of accepting and declining their shifts on a person-by-person or team-by-team basis.
Updated: Document Enhancements
Users can now upload documents in bulk within all folders, saving users time when they are looking to upload multiple documents.
BrightHR shortlisted AGAIN for the Personnel Today Awards
Having taken home the title in 2021, we’re elated to have been shortlisted AGAIN for HR Tech Provider of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards. The awards recognise excellence in people management.
One million users worldwide!
We're proud to annouce that we now serve one million users globally! Thank you to everyone who has made this possible, we couldn't do it without you.
Updated: Document Enhancements
BrightHR admins can now see who has access to documents, set and view the status of any read receipts.
Updated: PoP attachments
We've made filing for expenses even more flexible. You can now submit an expense with zero to five attachments, compared to having to attach only one receipt previously!
New: Near Miss Reporting
In addition to the ability to reports hazards and accidents in BrightSafe we have now added the ability to report near misses, making BrightSafe the ultimate incident management tool.
G2 recognises BrightHR as a Core HR Software Leader
We're happy to announce that G2 have recognised us as a Core HR Software Leader for Spring 2022. A big thank you to all the team at BrightHR, we couldn't do it without you!
A new look for the mobile dashboard
We have refreshed the BrightHR app on iOS and Android. The dashboard is now super-streamlined with a swish new look!
BrightHR awarded HR Specialist of the Year
Corporate LiveWire have named us HR Specialist of the Year at the Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022! The award celebrates the success of firms that have taken an innovative approach to demonstrate exceptional business performance.
Global Business Tech Awards, we made the shortlist!
We're proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for SaaS Company of The Year at the Global Business Tech Awards, celebrating the best in business across the globe.
BrightHR shortlisted for innovation award
Management Today shortlisted us for the Management Today Business Awards in the ‘Best Use of Innovation in Business' category!
Updated: Blip timesheets
We've added absences and employee working ours to our timesheets, enabling managers to include more information that can help with timekeeping and payroll.
BrightHR: Crozdesk HR Scheduling Award
Expert software comparison site Crozdesk has, named us leaders in rota and shift scheduling software!
BrightHR named in Crozdesk Workforce Management Awards
BrightHR has been recognised as a product leader in workforce management software for the THIRD year in a row by Crozdesk.
Most Popular Software in 2022
What goes around comes around, and we love SMEs! SaaSworthy named us as the 8th most popular software at the start of 2022, and it's got us feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award
We've been awarded the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for the second year running—meaning we’ve achieved GOLD for 4 years straight. Feefo only collects genuine customer reviews, so we’re very proud to have maintained a 4.9 star rating acorss 400 reviews.
Fastest Growing Software in HR
SaaSworthy have named us the Fastest Growing Software in HR. And since they help stakeholders make better product decisions based on unbiased reviews, product comparison, and social popularity, this one means a lot. Thanks SaaSworthy!
Colour coding for rota!
Now managers can colour code and label shifts in our rota software—meaning you can manage your staff by where they’re working, their pay, role, the possibilities are endless!
Blip just got an exciting update!
Our mobile clocking-in app now lets you filter your team to see ‘Who’s in’—letting you manage attendance quicker than ever.
Updated: Table View Rota
This intuitive update makes seeing details of your rota even easier. Plus, you can now duplicate shifts between staff or days, assign shifts across multiple days and employees in bulk, and filter your search to show specific shift types.
Best HR Management Solution 2021
Thank you SME News for crowning us ‘Best HR Management Solution 2021’. We can't wait to support even more businesses in 2022!
Enhanced: Rota details report
Admins and managers now have access to a more comprehensive rota details report through BrightHR’s web application. It covers shift and break times, payroll info, annual leave and sickness history and much more!
Updated: Mobile rota view
Shifts are now grouped to ‘Today’, ‘Upcoming’, and ‘Further ahead’, alongside a new list allowing admins and managers to see all employee shifts on one dedicated screen, making team management even easier.
We're pleased to announce the launch of the Care Navigator
We want our clients to provide the best care possible. That's why we have the Care Navigator, to give them tailored a health and safety solution, to meet care standards, and protect their staff and residents.
Updated: Single Sign-On
Users can now link all their BrightHR products with both their Google account and Microsoft account. And, if single sign-on is enabled you can login across all BrightHR products.
Documents is now even easier to use
This new update allows users to move documents between sub-folders within the ‘Company’ and ‘Admin’ folders- making managing HR documentation a breeze.
Bright Exchange update: Search offers
Using our brand new search box you can now find details of specific businesses, exclusive offers and discounts, all at the click of a button!
BrightHR: HR Tech Provider of the Year
We're thrilled to have been named 'HR Tech Provider of the Year' at the Personnel Today awards 2021. We’re so proud to be consistently recognised as leaders in HR and H&S software and support services, and even prouder to be a market-leading ally to businesses across the globe.
Bright Exchange update: Edit advert
You can now edit your adverts with a click, giving you the flexibility to change details to suit your business growth plans.
Updated: Two-factor authentication
Employees now have to use two-factor authentication to login to their BrightHR account. Showing every one of our users across the globe that we’re more secure than ever!
Updated: Edit overtime
Users can now update overtime details, in a click and ensure that all the details needed for payroll are up to date and accurate.
New feature: Single Sign-On
Users can now link their Google account with their BrightHR and BrightSafe accounts and use this to login—giving users peace of mind their data is safe.
You can now request an appointment in BrightHR & BrightSafe
Submit appointment requests with ease with our HR and Health & Safety Consultancy teams.
Introducing Bright Exchange
Bright Exchange promotes your products and services to business owners and consumers, and it's completely FREE. Become part of an exclusive community to advertise your business, list offers and work with our team to co-market and sell together.
Introducing the People Navigator
The People Navigator is our brand new hub to help users manage staff through their employment journey. More updates coming soon...
BrightSafe: E-learning Courses Assured By RoSPA Qualifications (duplicate)
We are pleased to announce that 18 of our BrightSafe e-learning courses have now been assured by RoSPA Qualifications, a leading name in health and safety and nationally recognised Awarding Organisation.
Introducing our new Overtime Tracker
Track the extra hours your staff work, and repay them with a click, thanks to our new overtime tracker.
Blip – who’s out!
You can now head to the ‘who’s in’ section of the Blip app to see who’s clocked in or on a break and who is out, giving you full visibility of attendance in a click!
Blip has a new look
Following user feedback we’ve redesigned our app to make it even more user friendly when navigating across multiple screens.
We are pleased to introduce our Everything Button!
We’ve added a handy new button to the top of your dashboard, it's easily accessible and available from anywhere on BrightHR. Just click it to do everything from requesting time off to logging a sickness. Simple.
The Payroll Navigator is here!
Use it to store employee details and run reports, so you can generate important information quickly whenever you need to submit payroll reports.
10 million global clock-ins
We've reached 10 million global clock-ins!
Thank you to all of our customers and everyone at BrightHR who made it possible to reach this huge milestone.
VaccTrak: Mobile passes
Issue exclusive VaccTrak passes to staff to save in their smartphone wallets, so they always have quick and easy access to vital information.
Updated: BrightSafe Responsibilities Navigator
New statutory responsibilities added:
- COVID-19 Employee Lateral Flow Tests
- White heavy check mark COVID-19 Premises Check
Monitor responsibilities each day to ensure your business is COVID-secure and have an audit trail to prove it.
New BrightSafe feature: Hazard reporting
Our brand new tool helps keep track of workplace hazards whether staff are at home or back in the office.
9 million global clock-ins!
Blip has surpassed 9 million global clock-ins. Won't be long till we hit the 10 million milestone!
New Blip Feature: Shift Adjustments
Employees can now request an adjustment to their clocking in and out times with their manager directly from the app.
VaccTrak is now even better!
See who’s partially or fully vaccinated at a glance and update employee vaccination statuses in the new COVID-19 vaccine tab. Plus, you can now issue employees with VaccTrak passes—all you have to do is hit send and it goes straight to their email inbox.
We’ve released a superb new upgrade to your BrightHR rotas.
When creating a new rota, you can now choose a duration period of up to 14 days, helping to make your shift planning even easier.
8 million global clock-ins!
Blip has now surpassed over 8 million global clock-ins. We're so proud to support small businesses around the world with their employee time management. #NowIsTheBrightTime!
New: Responsibilities Navigator
BrightSafe customers can use the brand-new Responsibilities Navigator to set up task reminders, delegate responsibilities, and save task records.
New to VaccTrak
You can now record proof of employee vaccination in VaccTrak, and store any supporting documents in unlimited document storage.
New BrightSafe On The Go feature: Accident reporting
BrightSafe On The Go users can now record the basic details of an accident via the menu, and can attach photos and videos as supporting evidence. Once the record is created, an e-mail notification is sent to the responsible person letting them know they need to conduct an investigation.
New BrightSafe On The Go feature: Task reminder notifications
Task reminder notifications will now be sent to users who have assigned tasks when the task is overdue, plus once a week in a handy summary. Tapping on the notifcation will take you directly to the task screen on BrightSafe On The Go, so users can make updates with ease.
BrightSafe update: 189 new risk assessment templates added
We are pleased to announce that we have added 189 new risk assessment templates to the BrightSafe Risk Assessment Library, bringing the total number of risk assessment templates to 655.
This update adds the ability for users to request advice directly from the app. Users can choose to request online advice, telephone advice or a video conference. For telephone advice, users also have the option to set a preferred time for the call.
BrightSafe On The Go update: New COVID-19 e-learning courses
Three new courses are available on the BrightSafe On The Go dashboard. These being:
Coronavirus Awareness For Senior Managers & Business Owners Coronavirus Awareness For Employees Coronavirus Vaccine Awareness
New launch: BrightSafe On The Go
The exclusive mobile app that lets you manage health & safety tasks—wherever you are.
We won Feefo's Platinum Trusted Service Award!
Having secured Gold status for three years running we have achieved the platinum award! A huge thanks to all of our clients who left us 5-star reviews and to all at BrightHR who have supported our clients throughout 2020.
Updated: Permission page
This update gives BrightHR Admins a full list of what user roles their staff have and makes it easier for the Admins to revoke or assign permissions.
New e-learning course: Work Equipment Awareness
This new e-learning course covers the actions required to legally comply with Work Equipment Regulations and to help minimise and control risks associated with the use of work equipment.
NEW BrightHR release: VaccTrak
Our brand-new tool makes it easy for you to record who’s had the COVID-19 vaccine and who’s still on the waiting list—helping you to protect your people and your business through the pandemic.
New Rota report
Our handy new 'Rota report' gives you a summary of the daily hours your staff have worked over a set period. It also includes the total hours worked, helping you speed up your HR tasks.
BrightSafe update: Risk assessments
You can now add attachments to hazards in risk assessments, which allows you to add supporting evidence as part of your risk assessments creation and review processes.
New accessibility feature
We’ve integrated Android’s TalkBack and Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader features with the BrightHR mobile app, helping to make your BrightHR even more accessible!
Announcement: BrightHR’s brand-new integration with Starling Bank
We've teamed up with Starling Bank to help support even more small businesses navigating their way through the coronavirus pandemic.
You can now approve or decline your staff expenses in bulk.
Following client feedback, users are now able to add notes to their shift when clocking in. We've also updated the Blip event screens, making it even easier for our users to see their shift, break and reminder details.
New gender diversity update
Our new non-binary gender identity update helps you promote an inclusive workplace.
Blip integration with BrightHR
Admins and managers are now able to see who's clocked in on Blip directly from their BrightHR dashboard.
BrightSafe helpline is now available 24/7
BrightSafe users can speak to our qualified health & safety experts anytime, 24/7, so they can always be confident the right information is just a phone call away.
6 million Blips!
We've reached 6 million blips! We're so proud to have achieved this global milestone #NowIsTheBrightTime.
Updated: Redundancy navigator tool
Admins and managers can now create a handy redundancy folder from any of the redundancy plans that have been created on BrightHR.
Get expert advice even quicker
Now you can use your BrightHR app to call one of our expert HR advisors in a tap.
Enable notifications via the new Settings page
Get handy notifications about new updates and features via the BrightHR app. This is will be automatically enabled and can be managed via the new Settings page.
Employees will now see fun animations on their birthday or work anniversary, helping to improve employee engagement!
With our new Smart Reminders feature, users will receive a handy reminder to clock out when they’re due to finish their shift, all based on their BrightHR working pattern or rota!
It's brand-new health & safety software that helps you to meet the latest government guidelines & get your people back to work safely.
5 million Blips
Just 3 months after we hit 4 million global clock-ins, we've now surpassed a massive 5 million!
New Product: Redundancy Navigator
Introducing our new redundancy navigator tool. Get expert online tools and 24/7 advice to help make redundancy as stress-free as possible.
Admins and managers can now request read receipts from their employees when uploading documents into the company folder. Plus with real-time updates, check the date and time that your employee has viewed the document.
You asked for it, and we listened. You can now set reminders to end your breaks and clock out. Just set the duration of your shift or break and Blip will send you an automatic notification.
New look ‘Who’s off today’ dashboard tile
Our newly designed 'Who's off today' tile gives clients a detailed insight into the absences within their business, making the approval process much easier.
Update to the Blip timesheet report
Admins & managers can now generate a report that will show the number of shifts and hours worked, break duration & the total hours worked excluding breaks.
4 million Blips
Another milestone for Blip! After reaching 3 million global clock-ins in February, we have now surpassed 4 million.
Get your business back on it’s feet with BrightHR’s Back to Work Navigator
The brand-new hub that helps you manage all your back to work processes in one place.
Protect your staff’s privacy with Blip
Admins can now set geolocations as private so the details of employees' home addresses remain hidden.
Send alerts with BrightHR
Admins and Managers can now use BrightHR to send alerts directly to employees through the notifications tab in settings.
Blip's geolocation feature is now available to help you manage staff working from different locations.
3 million Blips
Blip usage keeps growing. Less than 3 months after passing 2 million global clock-ins, we surpassed 3 million.
New feature: Employees requesting absences using TOIL balance
Employees can now create absence requests using their TOIL balance and submit to their Manager for approval.
New feature: Notification of personal information updates
Managers and Administrators are now alerted of updates to employee personal information to help you make sure records are kept up to date.
2 million Blips
Blip usage keeps growing. Less than 6 months after passing 1 million global clock-ins, we surpassed 2 million.
Australia and New Zealand launch
BrightHR's award-winning software is now available in Australia & New Zealand.
New feature: PoP by BrightHR
Manage staff expenses with ease and approve them on the go.
New feature: Document reminders
Get instant notifications for important dates, such as when it’s time to renew an employee’s driving licence.
New feature: Notes
Make notes against employee profiles so you can jot down any important information.
1 million Blips
Soon after celebrating Blip's 1st birthday, we surpassed more than 1 million global clock-ins.
New feature: BrightInform
Access thousands of resources, guides, and tools for professionals in one easy-to use online platform.
New BrightAdvice mobile app
The BrightAdvice app lets BrightAdvice customers get quick legal support on the go. Plus, keep tabs on the support we’ve given them.
Added mandatory leave to BrightHR
This new improvement makes booking mandatory leave for your staff easy.
Launched: Bright Wellbeing & Counselling
Our complete employee assistance programme Bright Wellbeing & Counselling now offers face-to-face counselling. Plus, access to online self-help tools to put your people in control of their wellbeing.
New feature: Time off in Lieu (TOIL)
This new feature lets you keep a record of the TOIL your staff earn and help them to book TOIL as an absence.
Enjoy an easier-to-use calendar with a grid view and new filters.
We launched BrightSafe our health & safety advice line to help protect businesses with jargon free advice from qualified health & safety specialists.
BrightHR’s now available in Ireland.
Extra absence types
Choose from more absence types like adoption and shared parental leave.
New and improved employee profile
Based on customer feedback, we made the employee profile easier to use and with a clearer absence tab.
Export all the information you hold on your staff in our employee details report.
Update to mobile planner
Based on customer feedback we improved the planner on our mobile app.
Assign start date to working time pattern
Set a working time pattern from a specific date in the past.
Holiday entitlement in hours
Regular employees can now enter their holiday request in hours and minutes.
Share documents securely
Control whether to share or hide important documents from your staff.
New feature: Blip by BrightHR
Free clocking in and out app available to BrightHR customers.
Canada mobile launch
BrightHR’s now available on mobile in Canada.
Employee start date and leave year
Amend an employee’s start date or leave year on their profile.
New feature: HR documents
Use document templates to create your own. Exclusive to BrightAdvice customers.
Carry over leftover annual leave into the next year for your staff.
Payroll exceptions report
Download this new report to see all approved absences over a set period. This will help you to complete payroll.
Variable hour employees
Set up BrightHR for staff that work casual or irregular hours.
BrightHR’s now available on desktop in Canada.
Update includes being able to remove shifts from rotas, add notes to shifts and access rotas on your mobile.
BrightHR Alexa skill
Ask Alexa who is absent today and get a response without stopping your work. Plus, say “brewlette” and Alexa will randomly pick one of your team to make a cuppa.
New feature: Shifts and rotas
Enjoy a simpler way to make shifts and rotas. Plus, share them with your staff instantly.
Holiday requests conflict
Get a notification when multiple staff request the same time off.
Peninsula clients can now use their Portal through BrightHR.
View a timeline of logged sickness.
Ongoing absence notifications
Get prompts to ask an employee for a fit note or to record their first day back to work.
New Feature: BrightAdvice
Employment law helpline with qualified legal advisors launches for BrightHR customers.
Android mobile app
BrightHR’s mobile app now available to Android users.
New feature: Document storage
Keep all of your employee documents in one place with unlimited HR document storage.
First release of BrightHR
- Regular employees.
- Seven-day working time patterns.
- BrightHR iOS mobile app.
- Instant notifications for managers and employees.
BrightHR Launch Party