JobAdder vs Firefish: An alternative for recruiters who don’t want to be locked in

Want the freedom of an open API and flexible subscription plans? We’re all about adding joy to the job of recruitment so we’ve got integrations with 150+ partners (including LinkedIn Recruiter), month-to-month contracts that grow with your business and UK support and onboarding teams.

“My favourite thing about JobAdder is the flexibility that it provides. We can completely customise the software to match exactly what we need and what works for our business.” – Laura Moffitt, Harper Anderton

Comparing JobAdder and Firefish recruitment software

JobAdder and Firefish both provide recruiting and staffing solutions that work for recruitment agencies of any size.

What is JobAdder?

JobAdder is a cloud-based ATS and CRM platform. Built by recruiters for recruiters, JobAdder streamlines your recruiting workflow so you can focus on getting the best results for your clients by placing better candidates, faster.

JobAdder builds recruitment software you’ll love to use. Our recruitment platform features one main dashboard with a drag-and-drop workflow, custom workflows to suit any pipeline and pop-out task drawers, so you can work faster with fewer clicks.


What is Firefish?

Firefish is a recruitment CRM, ATS and marketing solution with built-in recruitment marketing tools, candidate sourcing and management and analytics features.

Firefish does not have an open API but it does integrate with some job boards. It focuses on integrating your recruitment activities with your marketing efforts.


JobAdder vs. Firefish ATS and CRM

Where JobAdder shines:

  • North American support, implementation, and cloud-based data storage with ISO 27001 certification
  • Flexible subscription or contract pricing plans
  • 150+ partner marketplace
  • Basic and advanced reporting available
  • Strong customer satisfaction with speed of ATS and CRM
  • On-demand learning in-product at no additional cost
  • 24/6 live support with a customer satisfaction score (CSAT) of 99%
  • Mobile app native to iOS and Android

Where Firefish shines:

  • Scotland-based with UK development and support
  • Affordable pricing with long-term contracts, minimum of 12 months
  • No open API but does integrate with a select number of job boards
  • Basic reporting functionality available
  • Solid search and filter functionality though can be a slow system
  • Offers onboarding and training, though some features need external training
  • Good support offering
  • Web-only software

Why choose JobAdder?

Simplify the job of recruitment

We don’t try to do everything. We focus on the things that matter to recruiters and do them expertly. Our cloud-based platform and mobile app let you recruit from anywhere, any time. With 150+ integrations built for maximising revenue from recruitment, you can create a tailored solution that scales with your business growth. 

Save time with customisable workflows

Our core product allows you to build custom workflows to meet the needs of your job. Use our drag-and-drop workflows with pop-out drawers to complete your tasks with fewer clicks. You don’t want to spend time or money on admin when you could be talking to candidates.

Deliver better results for your clients

Reduce time-to-fill. Increase placement volume. Source proactively to build talent nurture pools that help you place candidates faster. Our integrations with LinkedIn, SourceWhale and more lets you access millions of candidate profiles–all without leaving JobAdder. And you can track it all with simple and customisable reporting that you can export and share with clients.

Expect clear and transparent pricing

You’re free to choose how you prefer to pay, whether that’s month to month or annually. We work hard to keep your business every month. We know you’ll love using JobAdder, and we put our money where our mouth is. No lock-in contracts, no tiered features for different user levels and no penalty fees or barriers to switch.

Get local customer support

Get local customer service 24/6, no matter where your business is located. We provide support for every user, not just account administrators, at no additional cost. On-demand training is baked into your JobAdder workflow, so you don’t have to waste time learning how to use the platform. 

Switching from Firefish to JobAdder

Switching platforms might seem like a daunting task, but our team work closely with you throughout your data migration and implementation. Have a chat with us to see how we can help.

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Why Firefish customers are migrating to JobAdder

Native tools

JobAdder’s core platform provides a whole suite of recruitment features out-of-the-box. Imagine all your daily tasks in a drag-and-drop workflow – job creation, sourcing, messaging and communication, assessments, interviews and more. We also offer add-ons and integrations (including LinkedIn Recruiter!) that plug and play with our core platform. We’re not trying to do everything, we focus on doing what we do well.

Continuous innovation

We listen to our customers when it comes to improving our platform and we offer customisable workflows to ensure we’re adding joy to your job. Platform development is needs-based and customer-driven. We’re constantly innovating so you can deliver the best results for your clients using the best technology. Continuous development at no additional cost. 

Flexible pricing

No need to lock in to annual contracts, unless you want to. Change or cancel your plan at any time and there’s no penalty fees or barriers to switch if you choose to. Pay-per-user with no minimum user cost, even during your migration period.

The personal touch

Even though we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings, we recognise and celebrate our roots. Our business is built by recruiters who are passionate about recruitment. Our job is to add joy to your job. We want you to love using your ATS and will do everything to help make this happen. After all, you use it every day!

Hear why your peers love JobAdder

23rd Jun
Senga Allen
Everest People

We can do a Career Update to freshen up our candidate pool, instead of sending emails out one by one, we can send out 100 Career Update invites at a time.

17th May
Matt Sampson
Aspect Personnel

We are very much moving into a data-driven society. I think JobAdder does a great job at capturing that data. I think that Analytics is an awesome tool to add another layer of analysis on top of that data. This is really beneficial for me as a business owner, to understand some of the opportunities and some of the bottlenecks we’re facing as a business and for individuals in the business, so that we can direct our efforts to the right things

17th May
Christy Welldon
Archdiocese of Brisbane

I think without the training you’d be able to fumble your way through the system because it’s pretty straightforward. But I’d be concerned about the follow-on effects, of not knowing what will happen if you do something [in the system] so it’s definitely been beneficial.

3rd Feb
Liz Johnson
TAP – The Ability People

So the best thing for us about JobAdder is the fact that it provides a central location where we can store information, we can share information, we can communicate via it, so whoever is working on a specific role or project at a certain time can always access all of the information they need, so there’s never a black spot in our communication or our productivity based on which team member is working at a specific time.

23rd Jun
Nick Curtis
CGC Recruitment

Over the past 10 years, we’ve grown as a business and JobAdder has also grown quite significantly. The product offerings and tools which have been introduced and developed have really allowed us to scale as well. It’s opened up new possibilities and new ways of working for us.

23rd Jun
Rhys Jones
Davidson Gray

What we do now with new partners is we try and actively push JobAdder every time. We’ve had [three other systems] and each one has had issues. Whereas with JobAdder, we’ve never had anybody complain about it. That’s music to our ears.

17th May
Mary Blake
Citrus Group

If it’s not working for you then you’re able to get out of it, but I’m really confident that once people see it and start using it, they will never want to leave. JobAdder is our single source of truth.

3rd Feb
Lindsey Morgan
People Intelligence

JobAdder is the most nimble and adaptable system we have used and having moved on to it from Bullhorn, our productivity has increased immensely. Data is easy to load, searching is much more agile and we are finding candidates we did not know we had.

3rd Feb
Richard Talbot
Technology People

Of all the companies we deal with we find your support team to be by far the best. Not only do they resolve every issue quickly and efficiently but they are knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with all at the same time.