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UKG Ready Leads the Way in Functionality in the SMB HCM Technology Value Matrix™

Nucleus Research evaluates 16 major human capital management (HCM) vendors for the small to midsized business (SMB) market, with UKG Ready® earning Leader ranking for the 4th year in a row.

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An in-depth look at the SMB HCM market to help you decide which vendor best meets the needs of your lean team

According to Nucleus Research, a leader in global technology research and advisory services, increased investment by HCM vendors targeting SMBs has progressively reduced the time smaller HR teams spend on tedious manual duties, paving the way for them to become a more strategic component of the business. The 2024 SMB HCM Technology Value Matrix provides a comprehensive overview of 16 SMB HCM providers, highlighting their usability, functionality, and the value that customers gain from their capabilities.

UKG Ready is a Leader for the 4th year in a row, scoring the highest in Better Functionality among all solutions evaluated and very high in Greater Usability.


Our generative artificial intelligence-powered assistant provides access to personalized information and actionable insights in the workflow.


Our new customizable, branded applicant portal experience helps customers elevate employer branding and better attract top talent.


Our integrated screening solution combines recruiting and background screening requirements to fast-track hiring processes.

The SMB HCM Technology Value Matrix provides a comprehensive view of the SMB HCM market with deep insights into vendors and trends. The report explains why UKG Ready has the most functionality and extremely strong usability.

This Nucleus Research report evaluates the performance of different SMB HCM providers and is a helpful guide for selecting the right vendor during the search phase.