The best HR software for small UK businesses

Managing employee information and dealing with holiday requests, absences and payroll is frustrating and takes hours. citrus HR makes it far easier and faster, so you have more time for what really matters. There’s a reason we’re the best HR software for small businesses.

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Our HR software streamlines the way you work

Bring all your people paperwork together in one place and speed up the time-consuming tasks that keep getting in the way. Now that’s time-saving HR software, designed to be the best for UK small businesses.


All your employee data in one place

  • Access employee records instantly, from anywhere
  • Never lose documents or data again
  • Easy, automatic GDPR compliance

“If you’re searching for an HR software provider that goes above and beyond to ensure a seamless experience, I wholeheartedly recommend citrus HR.”

Carla Leask, Executive PA – IDT Financial Services

Easy holiday and absence management

  • No more spreadsheets! Staff can view their holiday allowances and book time off in seconds
  • Quick and easy approvals for managers
  • Staff calendar shows who’s in, out and off at any time
  • Calculates part-time holiday allowance

“citrus HR have helped with providing individual holiday calculations as we have varying holiday years, which has made the setting up of a new staff member hassle free.”

Liz Bateman, Business Manager – Babble

Our early warnings save you money

  • We warn you before Right to Work docs expire – in time to renew them!
  • Minimum wage / National Living Wage warnings
  • Critical health and safety alerts and reminders

“In 15 years working in HR and having been involved in number of complex and time-consuming system implementations, I can honestly say citrus HR is by far the simplest and most user-friendly of them all.”

Hannah Trip, Head of People and Culture – Coastline Housing

The best payroll software for small businesses

Simple payroll, for everyone

  • Run your payroll in just 3 simple steps
  • Effortlessly keep payroll & HR records in sync
  • Seamless integration with Xero & QuickBooks Xledger
  • No payroll experience required!

“We use citrus HR payroll and are really happy with the service we have received.”

Ellie Gallant, Payroll and Finance Administrator – Medaille Trust

Here’s why our customers think we’re the best HR software for small businesses

“It’s fantastic having all our policies such as our Health and Safety Policy in one easily, accessible place.”

Jeremy Carver

Finance Manager at Beckford James - an accountant

“citrus HR has become essential for keeping track of my teams holidays and absences.”

Derek Moore

CEO at Coffee & TV – Video Production Agency

“citrus HR has become the single source of truth for each member of our team.”

Neil Morris

Chief Executive at The Filter - TV Personalisation Products

Not ready? Why not book a free demo and see all of our fabulous features in action to understand why citrus HR is the best HR software for small businesses

Why choose citrus HR?

Built by HR Pros

Designed by small business HR professionals to make life easier for small businesses.

With us, it's personal!

Speak to our friendly experts whenever you need help. No call centres here, just helpful answers to any question.

Easier to use

Every aspect of citrus HR is designed to make your life easier and save you time. No training needed.

There’s a reason we’re the best HR software for UK small businesses!

Not only that, you can upgrade to get unlimited HR support at any time, through your software. No pressure – just HR experts on hand in case you need them.

All the essential time-saving HR software features for small businesses


Complete performance management software. Create appraisal forms and complete them online, with handy alerts to keep you on track.

HR reports

Instant access to important HR and people information. Create your own custom reports, and access them anytime via our cloud software.

Smart alerts

Useful prompts when key HR events are about to happen, such as absence, leavers and starters, visa expirations, payroll and much more!

Log expenses

Submit expenses from anywhere, quickly and easily using our mobile friendly software. Sync all expenses to Xero or QuickBooks Online!

Easy onboarding

Create new starter checklists, send out offer letters with our e-signature tool and make that new employee’s first day awesome.

GDPR tools

Auto-create HR Privacy Notices and Data Retention Policy, with HR audit features built in. Our in-house Employment Law Specialists always keep our software up to date!

Health & Safety

Digital visitor book and critical health and safety alerts and reminders, and use our hybrid working tool to know who is in the office, when.

Track time

Clock time to the second with our handy stopwatch feature, or just use our simple timesheets, all mappable to client/project codes.

Training and CPD log

Record and track CPD points and other training activities easily, with simple and clear calendar icons to see who is on training, when.

Staff engagement

Measure staff satisfaction and create your own surveys in seconds to improve culture and keep your employees engaged.

Recruitment Tools

Seamlessly manage your recruitment process directly from our dashboard – making light work of building your team.

Simple Payroll

Remove the tedious and time consuming tasks that make up traditional payroll with our simple software.


And here are some things you’ll only find in the best HR software for small businesses:

  • Store allergy information
  • Digital reference requests
  • Calculate part-time holiday
  • Create offer letters in seconds
  • Spot sick day/holiday clashes
  • Online return to work forms

We connect to the apps you already use

Integrated app Slack
Integrated app Microsoft outlook
Integrated app Xero
Cyber essentials
Integrated app Google Calendar
Integrated app Xero
Integrated app Xero

Making HR admin a breeze for small UK businesses

  • SustainIT
  • fibodo
  • Crimson Publishing
  • Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management

“The software is intuitive and easy to use. The staff have engaged with it quickly and really enjoy using it. It is saving everyone lots of time.”

– Roy B. SustainIT

“I love the ease of use, it’s so simple to navigate around. The visual aspect is great, it’s very inviting and the whole team like using it.”

– Michelle H. fibodo

“The whole of the company uses Citrus regularly whether to request holidays, signal time out of the office or claim expenses.”

– Andy R. Crimson Publishing

“The software is in a very easy to read format, well laid out with each part easy to access. The ability to switch between team members to update records and save documents is simple and user friendly. The team find it an extremely useful and visible tool to use to record all contract and HR matters.”

– Dominic R. Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management