Since 2011, Recruiter has designated a Charity of the Year to receive publicity and proceeds from fund-raising activities at Recruiter Awards.

With a staggering 40% of the public vote, we are delighted to announce ASTRiiD as Recruiter’s Charity of the Year. The Charity of the year will benefit from activities and donations from Recruiter Awards 2018, supported by Flexr.

ABOUT ASTRiiD (Avaliable Skills for Training, Refreshing, Improvement, Innovation and Development)

Ground-breaking UK charity, ASTRiiD connects people fighting long-term health conditions with ambitious businesses seeking skilled volunteers or staff.

The charity was founded by David Shutts OBE – a former Royal Navy Commander, VP at a global maritime logistics organisation and all-round high-achiever, until a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis transformed him from feeling ‘valuable’ to ‘valueless’. As his health stabilised, David realised as someone with unique experiences, broad talents and a hunger to enjoy the benefits only work can bring, he wasn’t alone. Coupled with an understanding of the UK skills crisis, David saw an opportunity for business leaders to tap into the community he calls the ‘Invisible Talent Pool – millions of skilled individuals who are eager to work but due to illness, have dipped under the employment radar.

By helping these people find meaningful, flexible work with businesses open to new ways of attracting the talent needed to succeed, ASTRiiD aims to make the invisible visible.

For more information: / Twitter: @Astriid_No1

To hear  David Shutts OBE, Founder and Director from ASTRiiD talk about their charity please click here.


Papworth Trust received the most votes in a poll on and will benefit from activities and donations from Recruiter Awards 2017, supported by Flexr.


For 100 years, we have been supporting disabled people get the care, work and housing they need.

Starting as a tuberculosis colony in the picturesque Cambridgeshire village of Papworth Everard, our founder and social pioneer Sir Pendrill Varrier Jones provided treatment and appropriate work and housing to ensure they lived with greater control and independence over their lives.

These remain the cornerstones of Papworth Trust today. We support thousands of disabled people across the East of England, working with them to find the right care, work and housing and enrich their lives as much as possible.

Our mission statement is ‘I Can’ – we always see disabled people for what they can do.

We are very proud of our history. Be part of our future.

Number: 0800 952 5000