Established in 2002, the Recruiter Awards gala is the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. Achievements in recruitment marketing and technology also are spotlighted on the night.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Recruiter Awards are open to entries from the entire recruitment community: in-house recruiters, recruitment outsourcing firms, recruitment advertising agencies, recruitment agencies, consultancies, and suppliers to the recruitment industry profession.

Please note that all Agency entrants will be required to submit financial information upon entry.

The Recruiter Awards are the most widely recognised and celebrated Awards in the industry.  The Awards are featured in Recruiter magazine and promoted across a range of other media including Twitter, the Awards website, the Programme (given to all guests on the night) and much more.  We provide shortlist and winners logos for you to promote your win, and winners receive the coveted Recruiter trophy on the night.  But there are many other reasons to enter:

  • Stand out in the world of professional recruitment.
  • Build commercial and professional respect, and boost business profile.
  • Be credited as a top performer in recruitment.
  • Improve internal morale.
  • Make your company more attractive to top industry players and candidates.
  • Play a significant part developing the reputation of the recruitment profession.

Entry tips for Recruiter Awards from our judges:

  • Please ensure that you read the How to Enter and the Terms and Conditions of Entry sections before completing the relevant Category Entry.
  • Form/s:  Once completed, the Category Entry Forms should be uploaded during the online entry process.
  • The word counts are simply a guideline, but please ensure that your entries are as concise as possible by, using bullet points if possible.
  • If you are entering multiple categories please complete the relevant Entry Form for each, ensuring that you have tailored the entry specifically to each category.
  • Please ensure you pay particular attention to all compulsory questions, in order for your entry to be accepted for judging.
  • Unless otherwise specified, achievements outlined in the entries should have occurred between 2019 and 2020.
  • The judging will aim to recognise organisations and individuals who add outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships, and not those who simply provide a solid professional service.
  • Judges will be looking for innovation and profitability.

Each entry will be judged on the information provided in the Category Entry Form and on the financial and company information supplied during the online entry process.

The judges will be looking for proof that you have produced an award-winning entry.

Entrants into the Internal Recruitment Awards will be judged against criteria including Effectiveness; Quality of Service; Innovation etc.

External agencies will be measured against four key main criteria: Quality of Service; Innovation; Profitability and Financial Stability.

The judging will aim to recognise organisations who add outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships.

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Entries will be viewed by the individual judges assigned to the specific category.

Each entry will be judged on the information provided in the Category Entry Form and on the financial and company information supplied during the online entry process. Entries which have not been correctly submitted through our online system will be rejected. Please see How to Enter and the Terms and Conditions of Entry details.

The judging panel will meet in February, after which the shortlist will be published in Recruiter magazine and on the Awards website, and all entrants will be individually contacted. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Recruiter editor, DeeDee Doke. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Please ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions of Entry prior to submitting your entry/ies.

Each category has a different Category Entry Form which can be downloaded from the Categories Page. Please complete the relevant form for each entry you submit, ensuring you have tailored the entry specifically to the category.

To start your online entry, click on the Enter Now button which will take you through the form step-by-step. You will be asked to fill in your company details, select the category/ies you wish to enter and to upload your filled in entry forms and any supporting documents you wish to add.

You will then proceed to the payment stage. Payment for entries must have cleared by 13th January 2021 in order for entries to be judged.

On completion of the entry process you will receive an email confirming that we have received your entry. Please note the reference number which will appear on this confirmation email, for use on any further correspondence.

And finally…remember to book your table for this sell-out event!!

*Supporting material: Supplementary materials may be uploaded or sent to:

Sophie Lancaster
Events Executive
Recruiter Awards 2020
Level 5,
78 Chamber Street
E1 8BL

Please mark all material with your unique entry reference number which will be emailed to you on completion of the online entry process.

Entry deadline – 13 January 2021

Extended entry deadline - 29 January 2021

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 23 September 2021 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London.

Book with Confidence
We can’t wait to meet in person on the 23 September for the Recruiter Awards 2021 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. We will continue to monitor Government guidance on live events and ensure we have the necessary procedures in place if needed in September.

We want you to feel totally confident about booking a seat or table at the Recruiter Awards. If we need to reschedule the event, we will simply roll over your booking to the new date or the following year’s event and if you are unable to attend the rearranged dates, you will be entitled to a full refund. View the full terms and conditions of booking here

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The entry fee for Recruiter Awards 2021 will be as follows:

Standard entry costs £175 + VAT (deadline for entries is 13 January 2020)

Late entries will be charged at £210 + VAT to cover the extra administration necessary to get these sent out to our judges in good time.

This cost applies to any entries submitted after 13 January until 29 January 2020. Please note that there are no refunds available for any entries and unless we have received payment for your entries they will not be passed on to the judges for marking.

Price based on cost per entry.

All entering agencies verify that their companies have been in business under their current names precisely and have not been involved in insolvency proceedings (for instance pre-package arrangements) within the last two years. Further, agencies must verify that they have not lost or had any licences removed (e.g. Gangmaster Licensing Authority), been convicted in courts of law/tribunals for malpractice or poor treatment of employees, or been subjected to penalties/disciplinary action by a government organisation or a trade body for practices related to agency operation, between October 2018 and time of entry.

These Awards are open to any recruitment businesses that have been in operation since at least 30 June 2017. Excluding Best New Agency, this is open to any recruitment business that started trading no earlier than 1 July 2017.

To enter for sector specific categories (‘External’ awards), a significant proportion of your business must be derived from that sector – either at least 25% revenue must come from it or no fewer than 20 staff must be responsible for it.

Entries will not be accepted for judging unless you have entered via the online entry process, the requested financial and company information has been supplied, the correct entry template has been uploaded and, where requested, a supporting testimonial or reference has been provided.

Companies may enter into more than one category as appropriate, but an entry fee must be paid for each category entered (apart from Agency Recruitment Leader of the Year and In-House Recruitment Leader of the Year)

The judges reserve the right to re-categorise entries if they think another category would be more suitable. However, they cannot be expected to routinely re-categorise incorrectly entered submissions.

Please note that if your entry is shortlisted the information in your written submission may be used at the Awards ceremony and included in any supporting materials for the Awards, such as the winners' write up online or in Recruiter magazine.

Sponsors are not permitted to enter the category which they are sponsoring.

Payments for entries must have cleared by 13 January 2021 in order for entries to be judged.

Entries may be withdrawn for any reason up until 5.30pm on 22 January 2021.  However, the entry fee is not refundable. To withdraw an entry, please email [email protected]

Redactive Events are not responsible for retaining any supporting material, unless the entrant specifically requests this by email before 5.30pm on 29 January 2021.

Entries will not be returned.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Thursday 23 September 2021.

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered in to regarding them.

Earlybird Entry deadline: Wednesday 13 January 2021

Extended Entry deadline: Friday 29 January 2021

Judging day: Wednesday 10 March 2021

Shortlist announced: Wednesday 17 March 2021

Awards ceremony:   Thursday 23 September 2021

Watch our webinar below on how to create a Recruiter award-winning entry: