For jobseekers

What is a recruitment business?

Recruitment businesses and agencies are firms who find candidates for employers and help people find jobs. 

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) represents more than 3,500 recruitment businesses in the UK, and more than 10,500 individual recruiters through its Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).

Jobs transform lives, which is why we are building the best recruitment industry in the world. We are absolutely passionate and totally committed in this pursuit for recruiters, employers, and the people they hire.  


Why you should choose a recruitment business who is a member of the REC

Recruitment businesses vary in size and scope, from multinational companies through to boutique agencies. They cover all sectors and industries in the economy, and recruit for all types of jobs, including permanent, temporary and limited contract positions. 

By choosing to work with an REC member, you are ensuring you're working a recruitment agency that is compliant and committed to best practice. 

All REC members must adhere to our Code of Professional Practice and pass our Compliance Test every two years to remain in membership. 

All REC member businesses are listed in our Member Directory. You can search for a recruitment business by sector, location and placement type.


Careers in recruitment

A career in recruitment offers variety, challenges, and opportunities for growth.  The Institute of Recruitment Professionals offers individuals a chance to launch a career in recruitment and be a part of a fast-paced and exciting industry.

Visit the IRP website to find out more about launching a career in recruitment.

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