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Winners of the REC Awards 2021 announced

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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s annual REC Awards 2021 ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last night (25 November).

The REC Awards celebrate the best in UK recruitment, showcasing the work of brilliant recruiters from across the industry from agency to in-house and from start-ups to multinationals. Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment, attended the ceremony, alongside REC staff and delegates from across the recruitment sector.

The past year has been a true test of the industry’s agility and resolve, and this year’s awards particularly recognised the contributions of businesses and individuals who went above and beyond to keep the country moving during the pandemic.

In all, 47 individual and 42 company entries were shortlisted across 15 categories including best company to work for and Covid champion of 2020.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said:

“Over the past two years recruiters have helped to keep the country moving through one of the biggest economic shocks in living memory. These awards celebrate their efforts and success, and every individual and company shortlisted is a great asset to this industry that supports millions of people in the UK every day. Well done to all those who were shortlisted, and a special congratulations to the winners!”

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, said:

“It was fantastic to join the REC Awards and celebrate the crucial role the recruitment industry has played throughout the pandemic, providing a true lifeline to jobseekers alongside our DWP Work Coaches.

“Whether it’s getting back into work or securing a better paid role, our Plan for Jobs is all about giving people the skills, opportunities and confidence to progress. This is exactly what the recruitment industry brilliantly champions and this partnership is vital to the outcomes for people right across the country as we push to build back better.”

The winners at the REC Awards 2021:

Recruitment resourcer of the year – Jessica Harber, Rthirteen Recruitment
Temporary recruiter of the year – Haseena Mooncey, Hyper Recruitment Solutions
Permanent recruiter of the year – Christina Giakou, Hyper Recruitment Solutions
In-house recruiter of the year – Abigail Farnham, Pertemps
Business leader of the year (turnover up to £2m) – Jim Roach, ARV Solutions
Business leader of the year (turnover more than £2m) – Nadeem Ahmad, Templeton & Partners
Temporary worker of the year – Brashanthiy Vijaragavan, Hyper Recruitment Solutions
COVID champion of 2020 – Tracey Beecham, Ethical Recruitment Agency

People development business of the year – Amoria Bond
Recruitment team of the year – ASAP Pertemps
Diversity champion of the year – Urban (STR Group)
Start-up of the year – Enhance Catering
Best company to work for (up to 20 employees) – Ashdown Group
Best company to work for (up to 50 employees) – Contract Scotland
Best company to work for (over 50 employees) – Harvey Nash

Recruiter of the year – Tracey Beecham
Lifetime achievement award – Louise Hewett


Notes to editors:

  1. The REC Awards were judged by a panel of 16 individuals from across different businesses.
  2. The full list of winners and highly commended at the REC Awards 2021 can be found at

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