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Rippling vs. Deel Comparison

Updated Jan 22, 2024

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While some organizations can handle their human resources functions on their own, there’s a good chance you will eventually want some type of HR platform to streamline your processes, and you may want a third-party organization to handle your HR functions for you. Professional employer organizations (PEOs), such as Rippling and Deel, can handle recruitment and onboarding, benefits administration, payroll processing and management, HR reporting and analytics, legal compliance support and more. This comparison article will help you determine which HR solution is best for your business.

Rippling vs. Deel Compared

Rippling and Deel are two of the best PEO providers on the market. However, they differ in their services, which we outline below.

 

Rippling

Deel

Starting monthly price

$8 per user per month

Free (for teams of up to 200 people)

HR services

  • Recruitment
  • Hiring and onboarding
  • Org directory
  • Document management
  • Time tracking
  • Benefits administration
  • Payroll
  • Workflow creation
  • Learning management
  • Reports and analytics
  • App/device management
  • Expense management
  • PEO and EOR services
  • Recruitment
  • Onboarding and offboarding
  • Org charts
  • Document storage
  • Benefits administration
  • Background checks
  • Visa support
  • Payroll
  • Workflow automation
  • Reports
  • Expense management
  • PEO and EOR services

Payroll and benefits

Domestic and global payroll services

Domestic and global payroll services

Usability

Highly customizable and easy to automate

Easy to navigate and automate

Customer support

Email and web chat (optional phone support)

Dedicated customer success manager and 24/7 in-app chat support.

Who Do We Recommend Rippling For?

Rippling is ideal for businesses that are seeking a streamlined approach to HR, IT and employee management. Specifically designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), Rippling excels in providing a unified platform that seamlessly integrates payroll, benefits administration, employee onboarding and IT management. Its intuitive interface and automation capabilities make it particularly beneficial for growing companies that are looking to scale efficiently.

Learn more in our comprehensive review of Rippling.

  • Rippling’s base plan includes features to help you manage documents, onboard employees, manage HR policies and employee leave, and access workforce analytics.
  • Rippling plans can be customized with features such as recruitment, time tracking, benefits administration, payroll processing, performance management, expense management, and app and device management.
  • Rippling users can scale between its PEO and non-PEO plans.

Who Do We Recommend Deel For?

Deel is best suited for businesses that are looking to streamline and simplify their global hiring and payroll processes. With its user-friendly platform and comprehensive suite of tools, Deel is particularly beneficial for organizations with remote or international teams, freelancers and contractors. SMBs that are seeking a cost-effective solution for managing compliance, payments and tax obligations across different countries will find Deel extremely valuable. 

Learn more in our comprehensive review of Deel.

  • Deel offers a stand-alone HR administration plan, as well as plans for payroll, contractor management and employer of record (EOR). 
  • Deel can be used to hire, manage and pay workers in more than 150 countries.
  • Deel can handle immigration and sponsor visas in more than 30 countries.
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Rippling vs. Deel Comparison

Here’s how Rippling and Deel compare when it comes to pricing and services. 

Pricing

Rippling Pricing 

Rippling offers a base plan for HR administration, along with several add-ons. 

Here are additional details about Rippling’s pricing:

  • Businesses can access a free Rippling demo to view the software before purchasing. 
  • Rippling’s base plan (Rippling Unity) starts at $8 per employee per month, but your overall monthly rate will cost more if you want to access Rippling’s full suite of HR and IT products.
  • Rippling’s add-ons include recruitment, time tracking, payroll processing, benefits administration, performance management, app and device management, PEO and EOR services, and expense management.

Deel Pricing

Deel’s pricing varies depending on your needs, with a few main plan options: management of independent contractors, global payroll, HR administration, EOR, and immigration services. 

Here are additional details about Deel’s pricing:

  • Deel’s HR management tool is free for teams with up to 200 users.
  • Deel’s EOR services start at $599 per month.
  • The contractor management plan starts at $49 per month. 

Winner: Deel

Deel is the winner for pricing. We like that it offers multiple plan types with transparent online pricing. We also appreciate that the HR administration tool is free for teams of up to 200 employees and that Deel offers a free trial so users can test it out before committing.

HR Services

Rippling HR Services

  • Rippling’s HR services are available via a stand-alone HR platform, a PEO agreement or an EOR agreement. 
  • Rippling’s administrative HR services can help with onboarding employees, creating HR policies, automating workflows, managing employee data and handling employee leave.
  • Rippling’s HR services are customizable, allowing you to automate functions such as recruitment, benefits administration, learning management and payroll processing.
Did You Know?Did you know

Rippling has several automation features to streamline the onboarding process, allowing you to onboard employees in just 90 seconds.

Deel HR Services

  • Deel’s free HR automation plan includes features such as custom document management, org charts, leave tracking, expense management, HR reports and workflow automation. 
  • Deel’s EOR plan lets employers hire and pay workers in more than 150 countries, without the need to own an entity in those countries. 
  • Deel can help you sponsor visas in more than 30 countries. 

Winner: Rippling

We were impressed with both Rippling’s and Deel’s comprehensive HR functions, but we were especially pleased with Rippling’s ability to automate so many HR functions. We also like that Rippling starts out with one base HR plan and offers a wide range of add-ons so SMBs can easily customize an HR plan that meets their specific needs. Lastly, unlike many competitors, Rippling offers IT and finance management features that seamlessly integrate with its other HR functions.

Rippling applicant tracking

Rippling offers many beneficial HR functions, including applicant tracking. Source: Rippling

Payroll

Rippling Payroll

  • Rippling offers domestic and global payroll processing.
  • Rippling can automate federal, state and local payroll tax calculation.
  • Rippling requires PEO and EOR plans to use their internal payroll services.

Deel Payroll

  • Deel offers domestic and global payroll processing in more than 150 countries.
  • Deel has a contractor management plan that helps you automatically collect local tax agreements, automate invoicing, and pay your workers in one bulk payment. 
  • Deel offers more than 10 payment methods in 150 currencies. 

Winner: Deel

Both platforms offer powerful payroll features, making this a close call, but Deel is the winner for payroll due to the sheer magnitude of its payroll capabilities. We like that Deel offers standard and global payroll processing in more than 150 countries and can handle local payroll, benefits, taxes and compliance.

Deel payment platform

Employers can use one centralized Deel platform to pay workers in various cities, states and countries. Source: Deel

Usability

Rippling Usability

  • Rippling’s HR platform is highly customizable to automate virtually any HR process. 
  • Rippling’s HR platform is intuitive and user-friendly. 
  • Rippling allows users to manage HR and IT functions from one platform. 

Deel Usability  

  • Deel has automation features to enhance efficiency and reduce the administrative burden associated with cross-border transactions.
  • Deel has a free trial for users to test out the platform’s usability.
  • Deel’s centralized platform allows employers to easily manage multicountry payroll and compliance from one location.

Winner: Rippling

While we found both platforms user-friendly, Rippling is the winner for usability. We like that the platform can essentially automate nearly any HR function. Setting up these workflow automations can add some time to your initial implementation, but it can make your HR processes more accurate and efficient in the long run.

Rippling HR and IT functions

Rippling can streamline your HR and IT functions by integrating both types of features into one platform. Source: Rippling

Customer Support

Rippling Customer Support

  • With a Rippling plan, employers gain access to support via email and web chat.
  • Rippling offers phone support via the Help Desk: HR Support add-on.
  • The Rippling website includes helpful resources, like blogs, templates and a help center.

Deel Customer Support  

  • Deel offers localized support from more than 200 local HR and legal experts.
  • Deel can provide employers with a dedicated customer success manager and 24/7 in-app chat support. 
  • Deel has many online resources, like guides, calculators, videos, webinars, a glossary, a resources library and a help center.

Deel platform

Employers can easily navigate the Deel platform to access features such as in-app chat support. Source: Deel

Winner: Tie

We found that Rippling and Deel offer similar levels of support. Both platforms offer a variety of helpful online resources, as well as web chat support. We like that Deel assigns each employer a dedicated support representative and that Rippling allows users to upgrade their support if needed.

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Rippling provides real-time support status response times online.

Rippling vs. Deel Recap

Both Rippling and Deel are top-rated HR solutions. Here is a breakdown to help you determine which one is better for your business.

Choose Rippling if …

  • You are an SMB that wants to automate many of your HR processes.
  • You are looking for an HR platform that can easily convert to a PEO plan.
  • You want a centralized HR and IT solution.

Choose Deel if …

  • You have employees or contractors in multiple countries. 
  • You need assistance with immigration and visa sponsorship. 
  • You want to hire employees in countries where you don’t have entities.

FAQs

Rippling can typically be implemented within a few weeks. However, the timeline will depend on several factors, such as your company’s size, the HR services you want, and your automation needs.

Rippling can integrate with more than 500 third-party applications.

Yes, Deel is a global PEO that can help organizations manage HR and payroll functions across multiple countries. It does this through a co-employment model, which means it is the official employer of record for your workers.

Deel can typically be implemented within one to three months. While this may sound like a long time, it’s relatively standard for the industry. Customizing the platform and adding integrations will add to the implementation time, but they can speed up your HR processes in the long run.

Skye Schooley
Staff Writer at businessnewsdaily.com
Skye Schooley is a human resources writer at business.com and Business News Daily, where she has researched and written more than 300 articles on HR-focused topics including human resources operations, management leadership, and HR technology. In addition to researching and analyzing products and services that help business owners run a smoother human resources department, such as HR software, PEOs, HROs, employee monitoring software and time and attendance systems, Skye investigates and writes on topics aimed at building better professional culture, like protecting employee privacy, managing human capital, improving communication, and fostering workplace diversity and culture.
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