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People First

HR software that does all the hard work

Everything a business needs for HR and payroll, in one place

Are you working from spreadsheets? Not happy with your existing HR platform? Want an effective way to connect your people wherever they are?

Then you need People First by MHR.

Our cloud based platform will support you with the management of your people throughout the entire employee lifecycle, while giving you an effective way to help you build a productive and engaged workforce.

Ready to make the move to a better way of working?

We can help you with:

  • Saving time, money and effort by automating your HR and payroll processes

  • Connecting your people wherever they are based

  • Delivering critical business information like company policies to the relevant people at the right time

Introducing People First

People First is an easy to use, flexible digital HR and payroll platform, designed specifically with simplicity and user experience in mind. Available 24/7 via desktop and mobile, you'll have everything you need to manage and automate many of your HR and payroll processes while also having the tools to engage your people.

One platform for all work

People First is the only integrated HR and payroll platform on the market to include social, collaboration and communication tools alongside the standard HR and payroll features you need, which means that you can get rid of multiple platforms and reduce your work load.

Simple and easy to use

Available via mobile or desktop app, People First has a great user interface which is easy to use which means minimal training for employees and quick adoption of the platform, plus it supports a number of languages to reduce barriers and improve engagement.

Quick to implement

With People First you can be up and running within 24 hours, giving you a fast start to efficiency. Our out of the box and easy to configure platform will have you working smarter straight away.

Admin made easy

You can easily manage every aspect of your employees' data in People First, but they'll also be able to do most of the tasks themselves through the app and digital assistant, freeing up your time to get on with the things you really want or need to be doing!

Keep connected

Communicate your business vision, keep everyone up-to-date with the latest company news, hold polls and more with our social and collaboration tools, plus our unique recognition system helps to celebrate employee success based on your company values.

Insightful reporting

Reporting is simple and easy in People First with interactive dashboards presenting you with the information you need to make decisions and act when you need to and avoid unnecessary costs.

Download the People First brochure to find out more

Retain the best talent

HR management

Manage your people data securely in one place.

People First is packed with tools and features designed to simplify your HR processes, improve access to information and remove administrative burden, while giving you powerful insights into the way your people work.

We've also introduced new policy functionality which enables you to share important business information to the relevant people or groups at the right time. The platform also allows you to understand those people who have read and understood a policy and those that haven't.

The platform covers the full employee lifecycle starting at the recruitment stage through to offboarding.

People First

Workforce management

People First simplifies the way you record, approve and manage absence and attendance allowing you to support a truly modern and mobile workforce.

The platform gives you the tools you need to capture time and attendance data quickly and accurately, no matter where and when your people work.

Employees clock their start and end time, including overtime and location, themselves. They can do this anytime, anywhere using the People First app. Approved time and attendance information can then be sent directly to payroll via APIs or extract files, creating a seamless link of accurate data, and ensuring that payroll is delivered in time and error free.

Workforce Management

Integrated payroll

With our Outsourced Payroll service, you’ll have access to our team of CIPP qualified experts who will take full responsibility of your payroll using our automated service, saving you significant time and resources.

People First can also connect to third party payroll and benefits platforms via API’s to offer a complete business solution.

Outsource your payroll to us and reduce your admin and risk.


Yes. People First is available on any device - mobile or desktop. Employees can manage their HR admin tasks wherever they are located, reducing the pressure on line managers and HR teams. They can also keep up to date with company news and their colleagues through the communities element, which helps them feel connected to the wider organisation.

With the People First social feed, employees have access to a collaborative social space, where they can identify and connect with like-minded individuals across the organisation. This helps develop a sense of community and breaks down organisational silos. Users can add their own content to news feeds, groups, their colleagues’ profile pages or their own, and get instant feedback via likes and comments.

Many factors influence the effectiveness of remote productivity, from daily well-being checks to a strong sense of shared purpose.

People First exemplifies how collaboration and team building can be sustained without a physical work environment through purpose-driven behaviour and communication. 

As a result, the business as a whole benefits as organisational silos are broken down, company loyalty is reinforced, retention is supported, and productivity levels increase.

Yes, you can post jobs internally, externally and via social media for maximum exposure. Necessary skills, qualifications and certificates are stored against each job opening. Candidates receive real-time updates throughout the hiring process via the candidate portal, and you can attach documents, CV’s, interview notes and videos to candidate profiles. There is also Visual Shortlisting with the system suggesting candidates who are best suited for the role, and ready-made correspondence templates.

Build a full catalogue of training courses, and allow your employees to take learning and development into their own hands through self-service booking. Course details are completely customisable. You can define manager approval, set expiration dates and provide links to e-learning in course details. Courses can be added from both external and internal training providers, supporting both on and off-site learning. You can also connect courses to positions to provide a record of learning items that an employee must complete as part of their job, You can also link course completion to skills, helping you to build a robust competency framework. Find out more on the People First Learning Management System page.

Progressive companies are now replacing annual appraisals, 121s and performance reviews with real- time check-ins, encouraging a culture of open communication and feedback. The People First platform guides managers and employees through the entire check-in process, providing managers with talking points to help everyone get the most out of these vital meetings.

People First combines cutting-edge technology with game-changing ideas to put employee engagement and well-being at the heart of business processes. More than just an HR platform, we’ve developed a set of tools along with a new ethos that enables a better, more productive way of working for everyone. People First is packed full of social and engagement tools, allowing your people to express themselves and stay connected, no matter where they are based.

Yes it does. Payroll links can be mapped via API’s, creating a seamless link of accurate data to ensure payroll is delivered in time and error free.

MHR also offer outsourced payroll services, so you also have the choice of first-class, accurate, fully managed payroll.

People First simplifies the whole process by giving employees access to their own information. Employees can clock their start and end times, including their overtime via the Digital Assistant and desktop application, which can be reviewed and amended at a later date by the employee. You can also remove the hassle of calculating time off, particularly where you have different allowances or employees with changing working hours, with People First. The system automates the entire process, so you don’t have to worry.

We have open API's, a full library that can integrate all People First data to anything that you want to use it for.

Why choose MHR?

With over 35 years’ experience, MHR has been researching, supporting, developing and testing our own technology and services. With in-house expertise and no external investment, MHR focuses on market and future trends, to ensure we provide the solutions are customers need now and in the future.

Compliance is at the core of our software and services, backed by our own state of the art data centres to lock down your sensitive information. And with a range of support including strategic consultancy, outsourcing and bot building capabilities, we’ve got a solution whatever your business’ requirements.

MHR supports hundreds of customers, helping to pay hundreds of thousands of hard working employees across a variety of industries and sectors, including Trailfinders, Admiral, Severn Trent, Hugh James and Catch 22 to name a few.

Take the stress out of HR and Payroll: we’ve got your covered.