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Firstbird Announces Strongest Quarter in Company History

Company reports growth is back following the global pandemic; new global clients commence rollouts of referral programs for 100,000 employees.

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Matthias Wolf, Daniel Winter and Arnim Wahls from Firstbird

AUSTRIA, Vienna – May 26, 2021 – Firstbird, a global leader in digital employee referral programs for enterprise companies, today announced it’s strongest quarter ever, with the company growth doubling its year-over-year top-line performance. In Q1 of 2021, Firstbird acquired several new multinational enterprise clients, secured the Strongest Performer Position in the 2021 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition, and will soon be commencing global rollouts for 100,000 employees. The company’s recent successes and new momentum speaks to significant market opportunity and demand for employee referral programs as an essential part of recruitment for enterprises post pandemic.

“Last year was a very difficult year for many companies, so it’s exciting to see 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”, said Arnim Wahls, CEO of Firstbird. “Over the past year, we have invested relentlessly into becoming the true referral experts, and dedicated ourselves to becoming the global standard for employee referral programs for enterprises everywhere. So we are now pleased to be seeing the fruits of our labour and our emergence as the leader in the employee referral space, both in the European and international markets.” 

In the last 12 months, Firstbird had started to see significant growth in its customer base, particularly in its enterprise segments. With most of the talent attraction market feeling the full impact of the year 2020, employee referrals has gained momentum as the leading recruiting channel following the pandemic. This trend was supported by Firstbird being awarded the leading Strong Performer position in the Fosway 9-Grid for Talent Acquisition for 2021, being the only tool from 34 vendors solely dedicated to talent attraction.

Wahls adds, “The post Covid world of new work is adding challenges for companies when it comes to their recruiting; remote work has gone from being the exception to the rule, cultural fit has gone from being a nice-to-have to an essential, and onboarding is nowhere near as easy as it used to be. Organizations, especially large enterprises are starting to realize that referrals can counteract these challenges for companies in a big way; referred candidates are technically and culturally better suited to the company, and they are naturally onboarded more easily because they already have a personal connection with someone, even if it is completed remotely.”

Firstbird will continue to invest into consolidating its position as a global leader in the employee referral market by developing and strengthening its product and services, as well as growing globally together with its close partners SAP, Cornerstone, and SmartRecruiters, amongst others. 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. 

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About Firstbird

Firstbird is the global leader in digital employee referral programs for enterprise companies. 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 such as McDonalds, Arvato Bertelsmann and Deloitte, Firstbird offers the technology, the strategic advisory and the service in all areas that influence the long-term success of a referral program. To learn more at

Majella Grawatsch
PR Manager, Firstbird
(+61) 412 253 950 

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