The global human resource management market was valued at USD 19.38 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8% from 2022 to 2030. The German market dominated the Europe Hosted Human Resource Management Market by Country in 2020, thereby achieving a market value of USD 1,120.6 million by 2027. The increasing adoption of automation and digitization of HR operations to create agile and effective approaches is expected to surge the market demand over the estimated period. Companies are adopting these developments as these human resource management solutions have the potential to enhance and improve HR operations, thereby driving the market. Considering this, we present to you the Top 10 Human Resources Startups in Germany.

1.Personio- Personio is a developer of an HR management and recruiting platform for SMEs and startups.

  • Total Funding Amount – USD 724.3 million
  • Date- 2015
  • Founders – Arseniy Vershinin, Hanno Renner, Ignaz Forstmeier, Roman Schumacher
  • Based in – Bayern, Germany

Personio offers cloud-based HR management, recruiting solutions, and software for startups and small- and medium-sized enterprises. The company enables its customers to store and manage all employee data and HR processes in one place, including vacation and sick days, approvals, salary, attendance, employee documents, performance, reporting, and employee onboarding.

2. Staffbase- Staffbase offers an internal communications platform that provides better access to company information and digital workplace tools.

  • Total Funding Amount – USD 307.1 million
  • Date- 2014
  • Founders – Frank Wolf, Lutz Gerlach, Martin Bohringer 
  • Based in – Sachsen, Germany

Staffbase provides an internal communications platform to help companies and their employees work together toward a common goal. Staffbase supports industry leaders with their own branded app to engage their diverse, disconnected, and distributed workforce. It has offices in Dresden, Cologne, and New York.

3. WorkMotion- WorkMotion is a human resources platform that allows companies to remotely hire and onboard employees.

  • Total Funding Amount – USD 76.6 million
  • Date- 2020
  • Founders – Carsten Lebtig, Felix Steffens, Karim Zaghloul
  • Based in – Berlin, Germany

WorkMotion is a global HR platform that enables companies to hire and onboard employees internationally. WorkMotion hires, pays, and manages remote employees from around the world with just a push of a button. Founded in 2020, the company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

4. Workwise- Successful and digital recruiting | More reach for your employer brand | Suitable people for your jobs.

  • Total Funding Amount – EUR 12 million
  • Date- 2013
  • Founders – Jannik Keller, Martin Trenkle 
  • Based in -Karlsruhe, Germany

The company provides organizations with all the essential tools for finding suitable team members. Their holistic solution combines access to channels for greater reach with an applicant management system for a better overview and more efficiency. It addresses individual processes and advises companies so that they can build digital and applicant-friendly recruiting.

5. HiPeople

HiPeople makes hiring the best talent fast and easy for everyone.

  • Total Funding Amount – USD 6.8M
  • Date- 2019
  • Founders – Jakob Gillmann, Sebastian Schüller
  • Based in – Berlin, Germany

HiPeople makes it easy to collect in-depth candidate insights at scale. Gather rich insights, and make better hiring decisions with talent and recruiting analytics: – Assessments & Tests – Reference- & Background Checks – Candidate Experience Analytics – Quality of Hire Analytics.

6. Instaffo- Instaffo is a fully automated recruiting platform and career service for companies and ambitious professionals.

  • Total Funding Amount – EUR 5.5 million
  • Date- 2014
  • Founders – Christoph Zoeller, Daniel Schaefer 
  • Based in – Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Instaffo is a Heidelberg-based HR technology company that has developed a reverse recruiting platform for a fulfilling employer-employee relationship to help people. Based on big data and artificial intelligence, Instaffo automatically connects workers and employers who are ideally matched.

7. DriverHero– DriverHero provides software that simplifies blue-collar recruitment.

  • Total Funding Amount – EUR 2.5 million
  • Date- 2021
  • Founders – Richard Fischer, Michael Konig, Steven Miller
  • Based in – Bayern, Germany

DriverHero provides software for simplified blue-collar recruitment that brings jobseekers and companies together quickly and easily. DriverHero works with both well-known companies and startups. A talent pool can be accessed directly via the software. By fully automating the recruiting process, the time to hire is reduced to a few days.

8. Hyrd GmbH-hyrd is a student career management and recruiting platform bringing transparency to the HR market.

  • Total Funding Amount – USD 1.2 million 
  • Date- 2019
  • Founders – Benjamin Weller, Dennis Pfaff 
  • Based in -Frankfurt, Germany

The company connects students and employers to build meaningful relationships and reach their professional goals. hyrd is a recruiting start-up that has aimed to support students and young professionals in their career entry and to make the job market more transparent. For this purpose, hyrd has created a community where students can exchange ideas and support each other on their individual career journeys. hyrd offers employers and students the opportunity to get in touch early on, get to know each other and thus make better career and recruiting decisions.

9. Talentsconnect- HR Tech company with a SaaS solution for career sites enabling 4x as many applications.

  • Total Funding Amount – EUR 1 million
  • Date- 2013
  • Founders – Lars Wolfram, Max Klameth, Robin Sudermann, Stephan Maihofer
  • Based in -Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

talentsconnect is the HR Tech company behind the JobShop: a SaaS career site developed to optimize conversion rates in recruiting. With JobShop, recruiters can solve their recruiting bottlenecks and regain independence from job boards.

10. Metru- metru is an HR portal to connect companies and candidates in the preselection process of recruiting.

  • Total Funding Amount – EUR 900K
  • Date- 2016
  • Founders – Masoud Payinda
  • Based in -Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

The company offers applicants from all industries the opportunity to promote themselves in a whole new way and effectively increase their own job opportunities. With the know-how of the film industry, the metru team produces professional yet priced and fair application videos with the best image and sound quality, which are authentic to the focus on individual personality.

The startups have been ranked in accordance with the funds raised so far. They have come into existence after 2013. 

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