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Let’s talk…Risks

16 October, 2018

Taking a risk can be incredibly scary. Not just in business but in everyday life. Should you buy that lotto ticket for $500? Should you leave your comfortable job and a start a new role at a new company? Both could turn out to be amazing decisions but both could also impact you in a negative way. Read More.

Practical tips for businesses to promote good mental health that won’t break the bank

10 October, 2018

Businesses looking for productive, happy and engaged employees need to be considering mental wellbeing support as a necessity rather than a choice. Read More.

Hero start-up aims to make payday go further

4 October, 2018

A new study reveals many of us aren’t earning enough to keep up with our regular financial commitments with pay-day loans becoming increasingly common. But many people are also looking for non-financial benefits as they seek to better balance their work and personal lives. Read More.

Cloud-based people-management platform Employment Hero has completed a rebrand.

25 September, 2018

“We spent the first few years building an HR and payroll platform that helps employers grow their team with confidence. That stage has gone really well. Now that we have exceeded 100,000 employees on the platform, it is time for us to execute on the next stage of the plan.” Read More.

How some Aussies don’t have to wait till payday to get paid

27 September, 2018

Here’s something that will blow your mind. In the US (where else!) some workers can draw their earnings daily instead of waiting for the traditional weekly or fortnightly pay run. How good is that! Read More.

Hero start-up aims to make payday go further

25 September, 2018

Cloud-based people-management platform Employment Hero has completed a rebrand, shifting the company focus six months after closing a $8 million series-B funding round. Read More.

How would you like to get paid before pay day? #9Today

26 September, 2018

InstaPay was discussed by editor of Money Magazine Australia, Effie Zahos, and the team at the Today Show this morning 👇. Our research shows 2.5 million Australians have taken out a payday loan. 85% of those people will struggle to pay bills on time. It’s time for a new solution. Watch Now.

Employment Hero Launches Employee Focused Suite, WorkLife

 25 September, 2018

Cloud-powered people management platform Employment Hero has launched its new suite of employee focused features, WorkLife. Employment Hero claimed this new suite has been designed to “combat many of the common pain points faced by Australian employees”. Read more.

Half of Aussie employees relying on payday loans to get by

 25 September, 2018

Cloud-powered people management platform Employment Hero has released a new nationwide study that uncovers the latest insights into the state of employment in Australia, and its impact on the daily lives of everyday Australians. Read more.

This new HR tool allows workers to access their pay before payday

26 September, 2018

Leading online HR platform Employment Hero has launched a suite of new tools under the name WorkLife, promising to give Australian employees more flexibility and control over their pay. The most notable feature included in WorkLife is InstaPay, an industry-first tool which will enable workers to access their pay early ahead of their designated payday, similar to a salary advance. Read More.

Why are Aussie employees struggling to pay bills?

 28 September, 2018

A new study has looked at the latest insights into the state of employment in Australia, and its impact on the daily lives of everyday Aussies. Read more.

Employment Hero releases new suite of HR tools for employees

 24 September, 2018

SMB focused, people management platform, Employment Hero, has begun rolling out a new suite of employee-focused features called WorkLife, designed to help dollars go further for everyday Australians. Read more.

The workplace benefit Aussies want most from their job

24 September, 2018

In order to recruit – and retain – the best and the brightest, employers around the world are increasingly adopting and devising new perks and benefits to keep their staff happy. Read More.

Salary-on-demand? Employment Hero launches pay advance tool

 24 September, 2018

In a world of instant payments, waiting for pay day can be a serious drag for eager employees. “We know that at a macro level, it’s easier to spend money today than it’s ever been – but it’s not easier to get paid,” Employment Hero co-founder Ben Thompson says. Read more.

LinkedIn Top Startups 2018: The 25 most sought-after startups in Australia

 11 September, 2018

Entrepreneurs start with an idea and a belief that their vision can have a massive impact. It doesn’t always work out that way. But when it does, the effect can be world-changing: A breakthrough startup can scramble industries, alter how we work or live, and shift talent flows around the world. Read more.

How Marketers See The Future For Brand And Performance

13 August, 2018

If you want to see an insurgent digital company that ticks all the boxes of contemporary Internet nomenclature, it would be hard to go past Zuper. An innovative fintech, its members sit at the core of the business, crowdsourcing the expertise needed to pick trends, build products and even help run the operation. Read More.

Why marketing should be business critical for startups

7 August, 2018

For too many startups, marketing is an afterthought, which Employment Hero’s Cat Prestipino says is a mammoth mistake. Read more.

32 Ripper Oceanic SaaS Companies

7 August, 2018

Australia and New Zealand may be far away from the U.S. and Europe geographically, but SaaS in Oceania is as interesting and is as flourishing. This is due both to the increased uptake of Saas in companies but also because some of the companies born in Oceania are raised as global contenders. Read more.

The most common lies candidates tell in interviews (and how to uncover the truth)

28 July, 2018

SEEK research has discovered five things candidates lie about during interviews. We explore what prospective employees are willing to conceal, and how employers and recruiters can tease out the truth. Read more.

8 CEOs reveal the key business lessons of 2018

27 July, 2018

With 2018 reaching the halfway mark and a new financial year underway amid the growing global uncertainty of Donald Trump’s trade threats, Brexit negotiations and China’s bellicose foreign policy, it’s getting harder and harder to predict the future in business. Read more.

Meet Alex Hattingh, a ‘Chief People Officer’ and part of a growing trend

28 July, 2018

Hattingh was appointed to the role at HR startup Employment Hero earlier this year, bringing a wealth of experience in HR and people management to the business — including time at Google, where she was one of the pioneers behind Google’s Project Oxygen, which aimed to uncover the real value of a strong management team for a tech companies. Read more.

Lets Talk Teams

19 June, 2018

In order to build the best team for your business, you really need to have the right people. It’s all about the right attitudes so sometimes the most qualified person isn’t always the right fit. Read more.

Sydney startup Employment Hero raises $3 million in first funding round

28 June, 2016

Payroll and employee benefits platform Employment Hero has today announced it has raised $3 million in its first funding round from OneVentures, with participation from AMP New Ventures. Oversubscribed, the round will help the startup expand its partnerships and explore international opportunities, with a focus on getting into the UK by Christmas.Read more.

HR tech firm Employment Hero raises $3m to fund UK expansion

28 June, 2016

Human resources, payroll and employee benefits platform provider Employment Hero has raised $3 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm OneVentures, which will help the company expand into the UK.Read more.

Sydney startup Employment Hero raises $3 million to accelerate global growth

28 June, 2016

Sydney HR startup Employment Hero has closed a $3 million funding round to capitalise on recent growth in Australia and launch its cloud-based employee management platform in the UK by the end of the year.Read more.

The Australian startup community’s 2016 federal budget wish list

2 May, 2016

The federal budget for 2016 is a matter of hours away, and comes with high expectations from the Australian startup community. On the back of last year’s $1.1 billion innovation statement, innovation is now a central political issue, and is sure to be a key pillar of the budget.Read more.


When to lay down the law in a start-up situation

10 May, 2016

The issue of acceptable language in the workplace was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month when the Fair Work Commission ruled that a labourer had been unfairly dismissed after a mutual exchange of four letter words with his boss.Read more.

Beyond penalty rates: How technology is changing IR

19 May, 2016

We live in a world where 52 per cent of jobs are threatened by astounding technological advances, yet we still think penalty rates are our biggest industrial relations issue. It’s time to wake up and start talking about the real challenges to employment and how we should respond…Read more.

Sydney startup Employment Hero is an all-in-one HR benefits and payroll platform

1 June, 2016

Web-based HR platforms are becoming increasingly popular as companies seek lower costs, more efficient management processes, mobility and faster communication. Online applications help to streamline product integration and we’ve seen many business sectors shift their focus into online-only platforms.Read more.

How to pick a dud candidate

8 September, 2015

Wood works with Employment Innovations, which provides businesses with employment law and migration services. He says he does not like it when a candidate arrives late for an interview and does not offer any explanation or apologise… Read more.

Australian startup community welcomes the early election

21 April, 2016

Members of the Australian startup community have welcomed the impending early election, saying it’s an “opportunity” to see some tangible policies and “get it over with”. Australians are set to head to the polls early on July 2 after Malcolm Turnbull was handed a double dissolution trigger earlier this week by the Senate.Read more.

Case Study: Employment Hero streamlines payroll operations

21 July, 2015

Expanding your business when the back office isn’t equipped for the task can be a recipe for disaster, and that’s exactly where ­Intech Credit Union found itself not that long ago…Read more.

The future of work, leveraging technology and the power of free(mium)

10 June, 2015

Ben Thompson talks to Thought Leadership Partners on the future of work, the power of technology to reinvent the way that we manage employment and why “free” can be such a powerful marketing channel…Read more.

Australian HR SaaS provider invests in growth

02 March, 2015

Sydney-headquartered HR services provider Employment Innovations is hoping to take its software-as-a-service platform Employment Hero international by the end of the year. The company announced early last month that it had secured $5.1 million in debt funding from San Francisco’s Partners for Growth…Read more.

Outsourced Payroll: The Top 3 reasons to switch to one

28 August, 2015

End of a fiscal year is the moment businesses often dread. Time consuming, admin-heavy tasks begin to start to gather momentum, which often means reconciling the entire year’s payroll…Read more.

Meet the boss: jobs chief Ben Thompson

5 September, 2015

A serial entrepreneur, boss of Employment Innovations, Ben Thompson, says coming up with new business ideas gives him energy. Those describing Ben Thompson’s company, Employment Innovations…Read more.

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HRD Gold Medalist – Human Capital Management Systems 2018

Human Resources Director has named Employment Hero as the number #1 Human Capital Management System in their annual Service Provider Awards.

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HRD Gold Medalist – Rewards and Recognition Service Provider 2018

Employment Hero has been named the number #1 service provider in Rewards and Recognition by Human Resources Director,  Australia.

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Deloitte Tech Fast 50 #12

 Employment Hero was ranked no.12 in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 for Australia, 2018.

HRD Rewards and Recognition Employer of Choice 2018

Smart companies tie their recognition programs to company values and behaviours, Employment Hero is in the top 4 HRD Awards.

GetApp Category Leader Q4 2018

Employment Hero is one of GetApp’s category leaders in Human Resources for Q4 2018

LinkedIn Top Startups 2018

We made it to the top 25 of LinkedIn Top Startups 2018

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2018

WOur CEO Ben Thompson has been selected as a National finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Startup Daily Top 50
Emerging Leaders 2015

GM Sales and Marketing of Employment Hero, Ari Kopoulos, awarded an Emerging Leader by Startup Daily.

BRW Most Innovative Companies 2015

We made it to the top 15 of BRW’s Most Innovative Companies in 2015.

Anthill Smart 100 List 2015

We have made the top 50 in the Anthill Smart 100 Service Award.

HRD Employer of Choice Award 2015

We have been announced as the winner of the 2015 Employer of Choice Award from HR Director Magazine. We were further acknowledged in the career progression, culture and engagement, and leadership categories.

BRW Most Innovative Companies 2014

We made it to the top 10 of BRW’s Most Innovative Companies in 2014.

Aon Hewitt Best Employers 2013

Aon Hewitt recognised us as one of the Best Employers in 2013.



Employment Hero are team players, not just in our team, but on a greater scale within our community too. That’s why we’ve partnered with two organisations who share our values.


True Blue Dreaming are a youth and community development mentoring program, helping teenagers in rural and remote communities across Australia. Helping our youth to develop and believe in their dreams is critical to development. We couldn’t be prouder of their efforts in supporting our next generation.


Opportunity International Australia is a non-profit organisation aiming to reduce poverty by providing a helping hand up. This could be through community development programs or loans as small as 100 dollars to help them to grow their own small business.

Just a little contribution can be what it takes to afford food, water, healthcare or education. Working across the world, providing access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to more than 4 million, it’s an incredible approach.


Employment Hero is Australia’s first All-in-one HR Platform, transforming the way businesses manage HR through the entire employment lifecycle.

Our cloud-based HR platform combines HR software, financial services, scheduling and payroll tools, as well as employee benefits, providing growing companies with an intuitive, affordable way to manage essential employee information and HR processes.

Employment Hero’s built-in employee benefits program, makes it simple and cost-effective for employers of all sizes to offer and administer a range of employee benefits typically associated with big employers. This includes health insurance, home loans, car leasing, discounted utilities, and much more.

Uniquely in Australia, Employment Hero now offers its core HR platform free of charge to all businesses. Also we bring massive savings to employees by way of our discounted employee benefits program which is integrated on the platform.


Year founded: 2014
Founder: Ben Thompson
Number of active users: 100,000+
Number of active clients: 3000+

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