Welcome to Equator HR

K3 have been designing, developing and implementing our Equator Human Resource solution for over 20 years and the unrivalled functionality is matched by our product support and on-going development. Thousands of employees use our solution 24 hours a day 365 days a year and it is available as an on premise, Cloud, SaaS or bureau service.

Equator is continually developed to reflect the latest statutory changes as they are introduced.

Designed to be feature rich and easy to use, Equator is a truly integrated product written entirely by K3. At its core is the Equator database, residing on the Microsoft SQL platform, which alleviates the need for duplication of data entry and provides across module reporting. Core functionality in the HR module includes Recruitment, Training, Health and Safety including PPE and equipment recording, COSHH and RIDDOR requirements along of course with the required features for calculating pay from captured data and satisfying all the HMRC requirements for information submission.

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I have been working here for the last nine years, and ever since the company purchased the modules from Equator five years ago, I have been amazed at the amount of time we have saved performing personnel jobs
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
Managing staff payroll, benefits, bonuses, working hours and training is always the biggest challenge when expanding, but Equator helps us to manage all of this
Claire Williamson, Jack Richards & Sons
I remember when we used to have paper-based files, and it was always a lot more difficult to maintain our employees’ details and documents, but since our investment in Equator and the Personnel, Time and Attendance and Payroll modules, I have seen HR tasks that used to take ten minutes to complete now take just one minute to finish
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
The flexibility of Equator has been a huge benefit to us and is one of the reasons we chose the software over other solutions. It is easy to use and intuitive
Carole Wilson, Greenpay Payroll
Our management team benefit from Equator most of all. They used to request information about employees from the HR team, and we would supply them with what they needed – but this could take quite a while as we had to manually generate all the information required. Now, any information they need – whether it is about training, education, skills, certificates, disciplinary matters or grievances – is available at their fingertips from Equator.
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
The Equator Employee Portal has allowed us to stop distributing 3 paper reports each month for employees who can now log in at anytime to view attendance, overtime and holiday detail rather than wait until payday. Holiday requests are also booked electronically appearing on the administrators’ screens at the time the request is made. The portal has become a valuable addition to the business process, having improved holiday booking, reduced administration and eliminate paperwork, especially at month end
Because we have been able to get staff details so much quicker, the HR team have managed to focus on other important areas of the business. Just recently we have compiled a handbook for our staff, with policies and procedures, and we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do this if we hadn’t been able to utilise Equator
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
Although we have had Equator implemented for the last 16 years, we are continuously finding new ways to use the software to make the tasks associated with payroll and HR much easier. We wanted a better paper trail for staff timesheets. We told K3 exactly what we needed in order to automate this process and allow for easy access to staff information at the click of a button and they developed an additional module for Equator to allow for automated timesheets, It has become a real time saver for us and enables us to better manage our staff working time
Claire Williamson, Jack Richards & Sons
We offer a number of internal and external training courses to our staff and these are often spread out over an agreed period of time. Equator enables us to track training progress to each individual employee and see how far into their training they are and how much they have left to complete, at any time
Wanda Stewart-Lee, Norbar Torque Tools
The modules have been really well received in the company, and the most impressive thing about them is how much speedier it has made completing our HR duties than ever before. It gives us much better control and provides access to fundamental staff data instantly
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
It is always reassuring to know that K3 is only a phone call away should we ever need any additional functionality within equator. The software is constantly evolving as we grow as a company and it has been a really integral part of helping us get to the size we are now. There is a worry whenever you buy software as a business, that it will quickly become outdated and your total cost of ownership will become very high but this is not the case with equator. Already we are working with K3 to start better utilising other modules in Equator like pension auto-enrolment and improved reporting functionality. The possibilities with Equator are endless and as we have continued to expand to become the £30 million company we are today, equator has been supporting us at every turn
Claire Williamson, Jack Richards & Sons
Equator just allows Carter Retail to manage its staff better,” and that is its main benefit for us. It has really been instrumental in our recent growth and I’m sure it will remain the key to unlocking further future growth for us
Kirstie Northall, Carter Retail
We work with all sorts of different companies so having a one size fits- all solution like equator is really helping us to continue to grow our business and add new clients from all over the world
Carole Wilson, Greenpay Payroll
The T&A module within our Equator solution allows me to segregate all shift patterns, which makes it easier to generate reports for other areas of the company. Equator is simple to use and easy to extract data from so we can quickly and effectively monitor and address any staffing issues we have to face
Shaun Turner, Manor Fresh
We chose K3 Equator predominantly for the functionality of the software but the approachability of the K3 staff involved in the project was also a contributing factor. Our relationship with the K3 team has always been first class. Whenever we ask for a specific request– either for ourselves or from a client – we turn to K3 and if it is something they can do themselves to aid our use of the software, they make it happen. We have never been turned down for bespoke functionality
Carole Wilson, Greenpay Payroll
When I joined Norbar Torque Tools a year ago I had never used Equator before but it was really intuitive and I only had to have minimal training to be able to use it to its full potential
Maggie Thornton-Trinder, Norbar Torque Tools
Due to the nature of business we are in, we always have to stay up-to-date with changes in payroll and employment legislation to ensure that our client’s staff are paid accurately and within the law. Having equator helps us to do this because we receive automatic updates in line with these changes, therefore the payroll process remains streamlined
Carole Wilson, Greenpay Payroll
I use Equator Payroll for two weeks every month and it really helps me to manage salary changes, deductions, bonuses, sick pay, RTI and individual employee reports. It really is a really convenient and useful solution to have and enables me to gain financial information really quickly. If an employee asks for a copy of their payslip I can instantly print them one off from Equator and can even search through the archives for an older payslip if necessary
Maggie Thornton-Trinder, Norbar Torque Tools
We knew we made the right choice when we first implemented equator from K3 12 years ago. Since then the software has grown along with our company and our client base and the functionality of the software and helpfulness of the K3 team means that we can continue to evolve Equator whenever we need to. We continue to have a great relationship with K3 today and Equator remains an important part of our daily duties
Carole Wilson, Greenpay Payroll
Since we brought Equator in house we have really improved the efficiency of our HR processes. Our records are now easy to keep up to date and we can make changes to data quickly and easily. It is easy for us to interrogate information and the reporting facilities within Equator mean that we can be proactive rather than reactive when managing absence and long term illness. It also means that we can quickly and accurately respond to adhoc requests for information from the managers
Mandy Baker, Manor Fresh
K3 arranged a site survey of our proposed new premises and worked with our in-house Project Manager to ensure we had a complete Access Control solution for the whole building. The entire process was completely painless and as we notified to any changes to the original plans, the Access Control system was amended to suit
Wanda Stewart-Lee, Norbar Torque Tools
K3 always answers all our queries about Equator and is consistently helping us to get the best out of the investment we made in the solution eight years ago, Since having Equator installed K3 has helped us to improve our Payroll reporting facility and found us quicker and easier ways to reconcile all our financial information which has, in turn, helped us to continue to improve our HR & Payroll efficiencies
Maggie Thornton-Trinder, Norbar Torque Tools

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