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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

REC Awards 2021 – Celebrating the best in UK recruitment

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9 July is a date for your diary, as The REC Awards are back! 

 At the REC Awards 2021, we will celebrate what you’ve achieved during these testing times. Now in its 12th year, our annual awards will showcase the work of brilliant recruiters throughout the industry: from agency to in-house and start-ups to multinationals.  

The last year has been a true test of our industry’s agility. We’ve seen outstanding examples of individuals and businesses stepping up and rising to the challenge. 

The REC Awards entry process is now open until 9 July, exclusively for Recruitment & Employment Confederation members, and our 14 categories recognise both individual achievement and company-wide success: 

Individual awards – free for REC Professional members

  • Business Leader of the Year  
  • Covid Champion of 2020  
  • In-House Recruiter of the Year  
  • Permanent Recruiter of the Year  
  • Recruitment Resourcer of the Year  
  • Temporary Recruiter of the Year  
  • Temporary Worker of the Year  

Company awards - £159 + VAT per entry  

  • Best Company to work for (up to 20 employees)  
  • Best Company to work for (up to 50 employees)  
  • Best Company to work for (over 50 employees)  
  • Diversity Champion of the Year  
  • People Development Business of the Year  
  • Recruitment Team of the Year  
  • Start Up of the Year


Key Dates

Entries close: 9 July 

Shortlist announced: September 2021 

Awards ceremony: 25 November 2021 

Speaking on the Awards, Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said: 

“The REC Awards are recruitment’s night of celebration. From helping tackle unemployment, to keeping your business on the road, to helping clients facing unprecedented challenges – you’ve made a big difference over a tumultuous year. It’s time to recognise all of that, and share the pride we all have in an industry that is at the heart of the recovery! Enter to celebrate your own success, and join us for a great night. Together again, at last!” 

To find out more about REC Awards and to enter, visit or contact the REC Awards Team at or 020 7009 2100.