How does Finch compare to competition?

When building a product experience that leverages employment data it’s important to consider the range of edge cases and complexity of the data your customers are sharing with you. There are many ways to access employment data from your clients’ HRIS and payroll systems — but how do you know which platform is best for your use case?

Find out how Finch’s employment data API and competitive services compare on data and system coverage, user authorization, developer experience, and security.

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Finch is solely focused on the employment data infrastructure and we obsess over the complex challenges and edge cases that come with the highly fragmented ecosystem. System integrators are often generalist platforms that offer limited employment data as part of multiple data verticals that they support.


Broadest coverage of HRIS and payroll systems

More integrations mean you can say “yes” to more customers no matter what system they’re using.


Standard data structure across all systems

A unified data model down to the individual pay statement simplifies data mapping and addresses edge cases across all systems.


Write access to payroll for benefits contributions

Finch allows writing data back to the payroll ledger, such as benefit deductions, which allows your application to become the source of truth.


Streamlined authorization

Finch optimizes the end-user experience to limit the need to ever leave your application so they can sync their data in seconds.


One agreement, one integration

Finch offers a single agreement that automatically unlocks access to all providers. No need to create separate accounts with different systems to sync data with all your clients.


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Delight your developers

Finch is designed for developers. Accessing and interacting with the Finch API is easy and will accelerate your time-to-market while lowering your own in-house costs. Get up and running in less than a single sprint.


Developer-first API platform

Offering API access to employment data is more than a product line for Finch: it’s our bread and butter.


Transparent permission system across all integrations

Finch’s standardized permission system allows you to scope down the data access you have to your customers’ systems, establishing trust and reducing potential liability.


Live production accounts

Ship reliable releases thanks to improved QA features such as live production accounts.


SSO, developer sandbox, and dashboard

Finch works with the DevOps pipeline you already use.


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Market-leading coverage

Instantly support 200+ systems (and counting) compatible with our normalized data structure and as we add new systems, turn them on with one click.

Enterprise-grade security

Trust Finch’s infrastructure that enforces TLS 1.2 for data in transit and encrypts data at rest using AES 256 bit encryption.

Read and write functionality

Seamlessly read company, census, and payroll data, while writing deductions and benefits contributions changes directly into the source of truth.

Best in class developer experience

Integrate Finch in hours with just a few lines of code and turn on the ability sync data with employers in as little as 30 seconds.

Build trust with confidence

Finch is a mission-critical infrastructure for hundreds of high-impact applications. We’re built to scale and support your growth with industry credibility, hands-on support, and enterprise-grade security and compliance.


Backed by ecosystem experts and leaders

Finch is a mission-critical infrastructure for hundreds of high-impact applications. We’re built to scale and support your growth with industry credibility, hands-on support, and enterprise-grade security and compliance.


White-glove implementation process and guidance

Depending on your plan you’ll have access to a technical developer success team that will guide you through testing, product readiness, and post-production processes.


Fast-track support for new HRIS and payroll integrations

Chances are that we support the HRIS or payroll provider your customers use, but if not, we have a process to support new systems in as little as 5 days.


SOC2, CCPA, GDPR, and HIPAA compliance

Finch adheres to industry leading compliance requirements and is built using enterprise-grade security measures. Take a look at our security practices.


Security at Finch

Finch is committed to perserving trust in the employment ecosystem. That’s why we protect the data of our customers, employers, and employees every step of the way.

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What’s the difference between Finch and competitors?

Both Finch and competitors can help your application access employment data using a developer-friendly web API. However, Finch specializes exclusively in employment data systems, whereas competitors extend broader across verticals, expanding into multiple data silos like CRM and ERP. Finch’s focus creates the best user experience, data accessibility, and coverage in the employment data ecosystem.

What questions should I ask when comparing Finch to competitors?

It’s important to ask about data edge cases, partnership requirements with individual providers, and end user authorization flows as requirements may materially impact your end user’s experience.

Why choose Finch over competitors?

Finch is the employment data infrastructure specialist, and focuses on addressing system fragmentation, offering a best-in-class developer experience, and maintaining deep trust between employers and applications built on our platform.

What are the top benefits of Finch over competitors?

Finch supports the most payroll and HRIS providers in the category, so if your application needs access to employment data, you’ll have the greatest coverage with a single integration. The ability to write contributions data into the payroll system is another top benefit, which will enable additional use cases in your application.

What is the difference between HRIS and payroll?

When exploring employment data there’s a key distinction between Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) and payroll. HRIS is the source of truth for employee census data such as names, contact info, job title, and salary. These systems are particularly helpful for employee onboarding and tracking org structure changes.

Payroll systems house the payment data including gross income, net income, taxes, withholdings, reimbursements and deductions which is required by state and federal regulations. This data is particularly useful for benefit contributions changes, tax credit calculations, and detailed compensation tracking workflows. Finch supports standardizes data from both systems.

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