Best Applicant Tracking Systems in 2018

Last year, we wrote an article on the best applicant tracking systems for 2017.  We received a lot of interest in the post given this data set hadn’t been explored before, and figured it was time for an update!

There are so many applicant tracking systems (ATS) out there.  We hope the data presented here will help you get a sense for the overall market.  While this is one part of the puzzle, it’s important to also connect with peers to see what they are using as many of these systems are focused on a given type of company or industry.

 

The Data Set

The data set comes from Datanyze, a sales and investing intelligence platform.  Although most of the companies listed here are applicant tracking systems, some of the 198 listed do not focus on ATS as their core functionality.  However, we’re going to use this as is list in order to preserve the integrity of the dataset.

 

Applicant Tracking Systems by Market Share

The following pie chart shows the top 20 ATS’s by market share as of March 2018.  Note that market share here is not defined by revenue, but instead by the number of websites that use the particular ATS.  Top companies by revenue would look drastically different as larger companies like Taleo charge a significantly higher price for their product.

 

Changes since 2017

This table puts the top 20 companies by market share as of 2017 and 2018 side by side.

  2017 2018
Ranking Technology Market Share Technology Market Share  
1 Taleo 11.22% Oracle Taleo 13.54%  
2 Taleo Enterprise 6.80% iCIMS 7.65%  
3 iCIMS 5.42% JazzHR 4.63%  
4 Taleo Business 4.69% NEOGOV Insight 4.31%  
5 UltiPro 3.76% Workable 4.14%  
6 SilkRoad 3.65% ClearCompany 3.50%  
7 Jobs.net 3.16% Workday Recruiting 3.30%  
8 Jazz (Resumator) 2.98% Jobvite 3.21%  
9 Jobvite 2.96% Greenhouse 3.06%  
10 ClearCompany 2.42% Applicant Pro 2.51%  
11 Workable 2.39% SAP SuccessFactors 2.17%  
12 ZipRecruiter 1.96% myStaffingPro 2.07%  
13 Kenexa 1.84% Lever 1.87%  
14 Applicant Pro 1.73% Tenstreet 1.77%  
15 Greenhouse 1.73% SilkRoad Activate 1.67%  
16 Workday Recruit 1.54% Zoho Recruit 1.61%  
17 myStaffingPro 1.52% Bullhorn 1.50%  
18 SmartRecruiters 1.48% TalentEd 1.46%  
19 TalentEd 1.34% Cornerstone Recruiting 1.38%  
20 BambooHR 1.31% SmartRecruiters 1.28%  
             

 

Since 2017, Datanyze combined the different divisions of Taleo under one ATS, and Taleo still continues to dominate the market. iCIMS had the biggest gain in market share, up 2.23% since 2017.  Workable and Workday both jump into the top 10 with 1.75% and 1.76% gains respectively.  SilkRoad suffered the biggest dropback, sliding from 6 to 15 with a decrease of 1.98% in market share.

 

Fastest Growing Applicant Tracking Systems

 One interesting way to slice this data is to see who’s growing the fastest.  The faster the company grows, the more valuable the solution should be (assuming buyers are doing a good job in picking which system to use).

It’s surprising that we don’t see any applicant tracking systems that are growing faster than 100% (please note, these growth numbers are calculated by net new additional customers minus churn – hence “net” growth).  While the ATS segment is very mature, there are several new entrants which are venture backed and bringing to market differentiated products.  It seems that this combination of factors should lead to much higher growth rates, but we don’t see that in the data.

 

Applicant Tracking Systems That Are Keeping Their Customers

Different companies have different hiring processes and needs.  It’s not uncommon at all for companies to switch their ATS every few years.  However, we still think it’s interesting to see which systems are kept at the highest rates.

In the top 15, ClearCompany (ranked 7th) is the first on this list that is also in the top 15 by market share. Although the first 6 have higher retention rates, their market share is significantly smaller (<1.5%) than ClearCompany.  Following ClearCompany, JazzHR (10th), Simplicity (12th), Greenhouse (14th), and Workable (15th) round out the highest retention rates among the top 15 ATS by market share.

 

Issues with this data

  1. There are non-ATS focused providers on the list. For instance, SilkRoad Activate does indeed provide applicant tracking; however, their focus and selling point is on-boarding after a hire to improve employee experience.
  2. Some ATS providers are concentrated in certain areas. NeoGov that is ranked 4th focuses on the public sector. Meanwhile companies like TenStreet is tailored for hiring drivers.
  3. The numbers presented are an average of February and March 2018 only. A company couldn’t had a really bad (or great) February and March which would skew their growth and churn rates.
  4. This information is collected mostly by scraping websites and using the code on their site to extrapolate which systems they use. This is an accurate, but incomplete method.  What if a given ATS serves small companies that aren’t getting crawled, for instance.
  5. Some newer providers (namely Google Hire) aren’t yet in this data set.

 

Regardless of the flaws, our hope is that these numbers can give you a better idea of what’s out there and save you some time in narrowing down and researching your options. Best of luck in your search!

 

The top 100 ranking from Datanyze is below:

 

Ranking Technology Domains Market Share  
  1 Oracle Taleo 15,097 13.54%
  2 iCIMS 8,529 7.65%
  3 JazzHR 5,164 4.63%
  4 NEOGOV Insight 4,807 4.31%
  5 Workable 4,616 4.14%
  6 ClearCompany Applicant Tracking System 3,905 3.50%
  7 Workday Recruiting 3,677 3.30%
  8 Jobvite 3,577 3.21%
  9 Greenhouse 3,415 3.06%
  10 Applicant Pro 2,796 2.51%
  11 SAP SuccessFactors 2,421 2.17%
  12 myStaffingPro 2,303 2.07%
  13 Lever 2,090 1.87%
  14 Tenstreet 1,972 1.77%
  15 SilkRoad Activate Recruiting 1,864 1.67%
  16 Zoho Recruit 1,792 1.61%
  17 Bullhorn 1,669 1.50%
  18 TalentEd 1,626 1.46%
  19 Cornerstone Recruiting 1,537 1.38%
  20 SmartRecruiters 1,431 1.28%
  21 Frontline Recruiting & Hiring 1,369 1.23%
  22 Symplicity CSM 1,325 1.19%
  23 ApplicantStack 1,289 1.16%
  24 CATS 1,177 1.06%
  25 Recruiterbox 1,173 1.05%
  26 ATS OnDemand 1,066 0.96%
  27 Newton Software 1,026 0.92%
  28 JobDiva 979 0.88%
  29 PCRecruiter 930 0.83%
  30 Lumesse Recruit 899 0.81%
  31 PeopleFluent Recruiting 881 0.79%
  32 Monster Talent Management 812 0.73%
  33 Breezy HR 761 0.68%
  35 JobAdder 724 0.65%
  34 Avature 729 0.65%
  36 ApplicantPool 717 0.64%
  37 Jobscore 684 0.61%
  39 OTYS 654 0.59%
  38 Haufe Umantis Applicant Management 660 0.59%
  40 LinkedIn Recruiter 529 0.47%
  41 Broadbean 486 0.44%
  42 iApplicants 480 0.43%
  43 Recruitee 449 0.40%
  44 Hireology 437 0.39%
  45 talentReef 433 0.39%
  46 Carerix 407 0.37%
  47 Hyrell 374 0.34%
  48 HireBridge 369 0.33%
  49 ACCESS ON LINE 353 0.32%
  50 SearchSoft Solutions 348 0.31%
  51 GetHired.com 336 0.30%
  52 ExactHire HireCentric 335 0.30%
  53 CareerPlug 321 0.29%
  54 aCloud Recruitment 319 0.29%
  55 TempWorks 301 0.27%
  56 Talentsoft Recruiting 297 0.27%
  57 AngelList Track 291 0.26%
  58 The Applicant Manager 288 0.26%
  59 MaxHire 286 0.26%
  60 Avionte 284 0.25%
  61 Jobtrain 283 0.25%
  62 Prevue APS Pro 270 0.24%
  63 Njoyn 268 0.24%
  64 softgarden 266 0.24%
  65 Neptune 247 0.22%
  66 Sendouts 246 0.22%
  67 WCN 229 0.21%
  68 SmartSearch 228 0.20%
  69 Crelate 222 0.20%
  70 CareerArc 221 0.20%
  71 Reclog 218 0.20%
  72 BrightMove 214 0.19%
  73 Hodes iQ 206 0.18%
  74 COMPAS 200 0.18%
  75 Top Echelon Big Biller 190 0.17%
  76 Emply 188 0.17%
  77 HiringThing 187 0.17%
  78 Cyber Recruiter 187 0.17%
  79 Kwantek 172 0.15%
  80 Job Suite 162 0.15%
  81 Vacancy Filler 161 0.14%
  82 Recop 160 0.14%
  83 AcquireTM 159 0.14%
  84 Recruiting Optimizer 157 0.14%
  85 Pereless Systems 155 0.14%
  86 iRecruit 155 0.14%
  87 HireTouch 154 0.14%
  88 ABD Ultra-Staff 152 0.14%
  89 Baitoru 152 0.14%
  90 SONAR 150 0.13%
  91 Ceipal TalentHire 149 0.13%
  92 HITO Manager 148 0.13%
  93 Vincere 143 0.13%
  94 PeopleFluent 140 0.13%
  95 AcquireTM 134 0.12%
  96 Talent Clue 134 0.12%
  97 SnapHire 132 0.12%
  98 HRMOS recruitment management 132 0.12%
  99 Fitzii 131 0.12%
  100 Jobs2Web 129 0.12%
                 

Originally posted on NextWave Hire

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Comment by Joanne McDonagh on March 28, 2018 at 12:09pm

Good list. There has also been a huge rise in recruitment marketing and management platforms in the recent years. Providing HR professionals with a platform to help market their brand as well as manage their candidates in the back end. An example of what is provided with such a platform is available here www.rezoomoHR.com

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