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HR tech startups in India

Havish Madhvapaty (Department of Management, Amity Business School Amity University, Noida, India)
Anupama Rajesh (Amity Business School, Amity University, Noida, India)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 30 April 2018

Issue publication date: 12 June 2018




This article aims to establish the need for professionals and industry to get together on a common platform to engage in discussions, identify innovations and set standards. The movement of employees from unorganized to organized segment is accelerating and subsequently the cost of managing employees is also going to increase manifold for Indian organizations. The HR Tech landscape is pegged at $400m annually and expected to grow significantly.


The paper looks at the HR Tech landscape and posits how HR technologies can help companies save significant costs, and also bring in advanced techniques such as automation and analytics which will improve work efficiency.


While big enterprises are also working in the area of HR technology, startups are showing rapid progress, owing to the fact that they do not have to cope with legacy data/technology/operations. Challenges still remain such as failure to lay groundwork for adoption by employees.

Practical implications

While there are diverse products and technologies in the market, the core challenge is to find the right product-market fit. HR buyers have to ensure that the solutions are future proof.

Social implications

Automation is going to affect a lot of jobs, certain profiles more so than others. At a larger scale, integrating automation in work processes will have a substantial adverse impact on employees in these job profiles.


The HR Tech landscape is inundated with technology-first startups. There is a dearth of academic literature. There is also a cogent need for professionals and industry to get together on a common platform to engage in discussions, identify innovations, and set standards.



Madhvapaty, H. and Rajesh, A. (2018), "HR tech startups in India", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 11-13.



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