How to join


At the REC, we believe that what you do matters. If you are interested in becoming a member and taking advantage of the full range of benefits it brings, you will need to satisfy the REC that you can meet certain criteria. If you're certain you already meet the criteria, register your interest today or download our membership brochure.

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What are the criteria?

Applicant companies must be employment agencies or businesses which fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

All corporate members are required to agree to adhere to the REC’s Code of Professional Practice, which is enforced through our complaints and disciplinary procedure.

How can you apply?

What happens next?

Once your completed application has been received, it will be processed within 10 working days. 

Once processed, applications will be publicised on the REC website to allow existing members the opportunity to raise any concerns in relation to adherence to the REC Code of Professional Practice. 

You will then need to take and pass the REC’s online Compliance Test. You will have three attempts to pass the test within a six-month period.

The test will ask you whether you are adopting the REC’s model contracts with your candidates and clients. If you wish to retain your own contracts, you will need to attach them to the test and they will checked for compliance with relevant legislation by REC staff.

Your status will be that of Unqualified Corporate Member (i.e. working towards REC Membership) until you pass the Compliance Test and have your contracts approved (if you are retaining your own). During this time you will have full access to the REC’s member benefits and services but you will not be able to use the REC logo.

Once you have passed the test and your contracts have been approved (where relevant) you will be elected into full corporate membership and you will be given access to the REC logo; you will also be included in our Membership Directory.

Calculation of Fees

The membership fee is calculated on the basis of your company turnover. A one-off joining fee will also apply; please contact the REC Business Development Team for more information.

Membership is valid for 12 months (membership year one). Upon renewal, you will be required to pay a pro-rata amount to cover until 31 December for your second year of membership. For subsequent years subscriptions will be due on 1 January. Membership fees can be paid by quarterly direct debit.

Contact us directly on +44 (0) 20 7009 2100 if you have any further queries. Alternatively, email to request a call back.

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