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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Renew your REC Corporate membership

As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist to fight for recruitment businesses like yours, but we can only continue to do that with your support.

If you are responsible for renewing your business' Corporate membership, you can do so now online.

Find out more

Our objective: to help you grow in 2022.

We support your business from inception, to growth, and beyond.

Our website is accessed over 1.6 million times per year by recruiters seeking advice and support. Whether you are looking to grow your operation carry out a big transaction or start a new venture – our team can provide the expertise to help you take the right first step.

We provide mentoring and support on business planning and development, finances and technology, people and culture, diversity and inclusion. All to help your business grow the right way.

  • More than 3,000 of you attended our events in 2021, including 400 delegates at our online conference, REC2021 – and many more accessing the content online afterwards.
  • We've hosted 65 webinars, bringing you advice from our trusted advisors and experts.
  • We've supplied 264 days of training, helping you upskill your consultants to compete in this new world.
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"I've been part of professional bodies since I've been working and I've never had the amount of support I'm receiving from the REC. Everything that I need is on the website, from contracts to  support and the legal side of it is something I've never experienced before. The support REC provides far outweighs any risk that you might have in business."

Gerard Marley, Managing director, QuoPro Recruitment

We provide data and insight to help you understand the jobs market and advise clients.

We were the first to flag a potential labour supply crisis in April 2021. This has placed the UK recruitment industry at the front and centre of the post-pandemic recovery – making your input as consultants on the labour market more relevant to clients than ever.

The skills and labour shortage has increased the demand for high quality recruiters. Clients are turning to recruitment experts to help them meet workforce challenges. But, as many members reflected back to us, REC campaigning on shortages was key to changing the outlook clients took in key commercial discussions with you. That’s what we are here for. To help you make the most of the opportunity, to be true consultants to your clients, and helping to change their perceptions of the industry.

Our twice weekly newsletters bring you targeted information, good practice advice and the latest views from within recruitment.

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"The REC is the only paid membership which we actually use and we are proud to be members of. We have never had a situation where we wouldn't receive help or advise when we needed it. Sometimes you need help with your accounts, sometimes you just need a simple letter or an assuring email - we always had that from the REC and that's something which really makes you stand out."

Pawel Jasinski, Managing Partner, Alani Tech Ltd

We make your voice heard like no-one else can.

Our campaigns make a difference to policy decisions affecting recruiters. In 2021 we successfully lobbied for digital Right to Work checks to stay – carrying on when others had given up, and securing the change for you.

We secured dozens of Parliamentarian and Ministerial meetings to push industry-critical agendas, and we’ve been behind all of the positive mentions of recruitment agencies this year in Parliament. We’ve had a record year in the media too – no-one has the capability to speak out for you like the REC does.

Our landmark #RecruitmentForRecovery campaign has given us a platform to campaign for change, with deeper and more direct engagement with government.

We showcase the value of our industry.

Our commentary is highly sought after and features regularly in all national and trade media. On average, each month we’re mentioned 59 times in the national press, giving us the ability to raise awareness of the issues that are most important to you, and changing public perception of the value of quality recruiters.

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Steve, Connectwell

"The REC team provides an invaluable service by keeping the highest recruitment standards front of mind for decision makers and practitioners alike. They are more than a hub for best practice, learning and innovation. They are at the centre of the industry driving the dynamic conversations that count in so many tangible ways in real lives."

Steve Bernard, Founder, Connectwell

We are your specialist legal adviser.

Being a member of the REC means you have access to our team of recruitment law specialists, saving you thousands in legal fees every year.

We responded to well over 10,000 calls and emails in 2021, and we provide on-the-pulse legal updates to make sure you have the latest guidance at your fingertips.

We are your mark of quality.

Being a member of the REC demonstrates quality to your clients and candidates. Our independent Professional Standards Committee guarantees that, in choosing an REC member, clients and candidates are choosing someone who will do things the right way.  

In 2021, we expelled 51 companies that did not meet the expectations set. It wasn’t an easy decision to make - but it was the right thing to do. Being a member of the REC means something and we work hard to keep it that way.

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"The information I get from REC, especially the jobs report, which I fill out every month, is really useful, because when I’m sat there in front of the clients, I can talk to them about real-time information. I now have access to the regional one which is great."

Kelly Dunn, Managing Director, KD Recruitment Limited

We bring quality recruiters together.

From our annual conference to the REC Awards to sectoral and regional forums, we bring all corners of the recruitment industry together to share ideas, network and celebrate success.

We are guided by you, our members.

We are always listening to members, as our guide to what matters for the REC.

From sector, national and regional groups, to our Board and Advisory Council, we are, first and foremost, your organisation.

In 2022 we will bring you even more tailored services to help you meet the specific challenges within your business and we’re looking forward to getting back on the road again to see you, wherever you are in the country.

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Renew your REC Corporate membership

As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist to fight for recruitment businesses like yours, but we can only continue to do that with your support.

If you are responsible for renewing your business' Corporate membership, you can do so now online.

Find out more

Your essential support in 2022

The latest data on the jobs market  

  • The Report on Jobs gives analysis of permanent and temporary recruitment, vacancies and earnings in all regions and sectors of the UK labour market (which usually costs £750 for non-members).
  • The Jobs Recovery Tracker helps recruiters, businesses, and policymakers see how the jobs market is evolving as the economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • JobsOutlook details the hiring intentions of UK employers, featuring analysis of workforce demand and candidate shortages across all sectors.


Training courses

Our courses range from recruitment law and compliance, to business development, consultative sales, candidate sourcing and management. We will offer new training courses in 2022 - stay tuned for more info.


Business advice

We recognise that the journey begins with the start-up phase, followed by the growth phase and potentially an exit. We want to help you through these phases by offering you appropriate resources along the way.


Webinars and meetings

In 2021 we covered topics including compliance, international trade and immigration, mental health, remote working, right to work legislation, and range of sector-specific issues. In 2022 we will be returning to in-person meetings, bringing recruiters together to learn from each other.


Talking recruitment

Our regular podcast and webinars keep business leaders and consultants up-to-date with the latest market trends, government insight, and practical advice to help your business thrive.

Skills and Labour shortage analysis

This research helped us understand the scale and complexity of the labour and skills shortage through member-verified data and helped explain to clients the challenges you face.


Recruitment Industry Trends 

Highlights the contribution made by the 31,140 recruitment enterprises and 119,000 staff employed in our industry, whose turnover hit £42.3 billion. Look out for the new edition in early December.


The Diversity & Inclusion Index

Uncovered key areas where recruitment businesses could improve, especially on recording diversity and inclusion information that will win clients and candidates.

"I've never run a business before, so there's so much that I need to have in place. I don't have time to sit and write terms and conditions or policies- it’s so lovely that I can literally go into the REC templates, download everything and just edit and tweak it to fit my business. The groundwork has already been done. The choice of templates is huge. It has made a made a massive difference in terms of time saved and setting up the legal foundations of my business."

Kelly Knopp, Director, Southern Education Recruitment

We save you time and money.

As well as the significant savings on offer to REC members from our own legal support and other services, you receive preferential rates from a wide range of service providers, from insurance and healthcare, to software and debt recovery.

Featured partners


RSign is the most feature-rich, simple to use and affordable web-based electronic signature service that makes it easy for recipients to complete and sign documents using any web browser or device in an intuitive, guided signing process. Find out more


As an REC member you can enjoy benefits including reduced policy excesses, increased indemnity limits, and discounted premiums from March Commercial. Find out more


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Salesloft is the provider of the leading sales engagement platform that helps recruiters and sales teams drive more revenue. REC members get 20% off the standard fee. Find out more

The REC has a long-standing partnership with Croner, the UK’s leading provider of HR, tax, health and safety, and pay and benefits advice, information and software. As one of the most experienced and respected specialists in the business, dozens of membership organisations rely on them for member benefits.

In addition, REC Corporate members can access Croner legal expenses insurance, providing protection against the potential expense of a tribunal case, tax inquiry or legal dispute. REC members with a turnover of up to £10 million receive Croner LEI for FREE as part of their membership. Members who have a higher turnover can access LEI at a preferential rate.

Find out more about our partnership with Croner

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Renew your REC Corporate membership

As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist to fight for recruitment businesses like yours, but we can only continue to do that with your support.

If you are responsible for renewing your business' Corporate membership, you can do so now online.

Find out more