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Firstbird named Strongest Performer in Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition for 2021

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Firstbird named Strongest Performer in Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition for 2021

Firstbird is the only employee referral provider to make it into the Fosway Group 9-Grid™ for the 2nd consecutive year in a row and is rated as a Strong Performer

AUSTRIA, Vienna – May 5, 2021 – Firstbird, a global leader in employee referral programs, last week announced its Strong Performer position in the 2021 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition, being the only employee referral provider to make it into Fosway’s 9-Grid™ for the second year in a row.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway said, ‘Firstbird is a great example of a Talent Acquisition specialist that is really delivering for its clients as part of their broader recruitment ecosystem. Its progression to the Strong Performer zone in the 2021 9-Grid™ reflects its ongoing commitment to customer excellence as it continues to expand its European market presence.’

Strong Performer - Firstbird

The Fosway Group 9-Grid™ report for Talent Acquisition is a multi-dimensional model that can be used to understand the relative position of solutions and providers in the European talent acquisition systems market. It allows you to compare different solutions based on their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and Future Trajectories across the market.

“To earn recognition as a Strong Performer position is a terrific achievement for Firstbird,” said Arnim Wahls, CEO for Firstbird. “It’s been a difficult year for companies and recruiting around the world, and we’re humbled to be recognized for our efforts in continuing to innovate and develop our employee referral solution for our customers so that they can overcome their recruiting challenges both now and in the future.” 

Wahls adds, “As the new world of work starts to take shape following the pandemic, we want to make sure we are armed and ready with the best employee referral tool and service we can offer, so that we can provide our customers with ability to make employee referrals an integral part of their recruiting. We’re seeing a trend now where corporations, especially larger ones, are really seeing the benefits of referrals, and they are wanting and ready to scale their programs across the globe. We are ready for that, and intend to help them on every step of their journey, throughout 2021 and beyond.”  

In the last 12 months, Firstbird has seen significant growth in its customer base, particularly in its enterprise segment in both European and global markets. With the majority of the talent attraction market blunting the full force of the events of 2020, employee referrals has gained momentum as the leading recruiting channel following the pandemic. This trend is supported by the Fosway 9-Grid for Talent Acquisition for 2021, with Firstbird being fully dedicated to employee referrals. 

Firstbird continues to invest into developing and strengthening its tool and services, consolidating its position as a global leader in the employee referral market. One of the company’s most successful initiatives, their annual Employee Referral Benchmark Survey, is again currently being conducted with enterprises around the world and is due to be published in June 2021.  

Additional Information

  • To learn more about Firstbird, click here
  • To learn more about the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition in 2021, click here.

About Fosway 9-Grid™ 

Fosway Group is Europe’s #1 HR Industry Analyst focused on Next Gen HR, Talent and Learning. Fosway’s 9-Grid™ is the only market analysis model that is used to understand the relative position of solutions and providers in the learning and talent systems market. It has been in evolution since 2008 and is based on Fosway’s unrivalled, independent research in the Next Generation HR, Talent and Learning markets over 20 years, and with the insights and experience of their Corporate Research Network. 

Visit the Fosway website at for more information on Fosway Group’s research and services.

About Firstbird

Firstbird is the global leader in digital employee referral programs. With Firstbird, employees become brand ambassadors and referrals become a company’s most successful recruiting channel. With significant expertise implementing employee referral programs in enterprises around the world, Firstbird offers the technology, strategic advisory and service in all areas that influence the long-term success of a referral program. To learn more at

For more information, press only:
Majella Grawatsch
PR Manager, Firstbird
(+61) 412 253 950 

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