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UK & Ireland’s most resilient recruiters unveiled

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70 of the UK’s finest staffing firms make up the finalists for the TIARA Recruitment Awards

In a celebration of excellence and adaptability, TALiNT Partners has unveiled the shortlist for the prestigious 2023 TIARA UK&I Recruitment Awards. Among an impressive array of staffing firms, 70 of the UK’s finest have made it to the final round, competing in 16 distinct award categories.

These contenders include top industry players who have displayed remarkable resilience, overcoming challenges posed by the recession and expertly navigating a more demanding economic landscape. Their success is attributed to strategic investments in talent acquisition, technological optimisation, and differentiation in client and candidate services, propelling them to a position of strength in the sector’s ongoing transformation.

Alex Evans, the Managing Director of TALiNT Partners, expressed admiration for the shortlisted firms, stating, “The best recruiters in the sector have defied recession and adapted to a more challenging economic environment by investing in the right talent, optimising technology, and differentiating their client and candidate service to compete more successfully. With a combined turnover of over £31 billion, and collectively employing 25,521 talented people, the 70 shortlisted staffing firms represent the UK & Ireland’s most resilient recruiters at the forefront of the sector’s transformation.”

The TIARA Recruitment Awards ceremony promises to be a remarkable event, attracting 500 industry leaders who will gather in person at The Brewery in London on Wednesday, 18th October. During the gala dinner, this year’s Hall of Fame recipient will be announced and honoured by their peers.

Katie Folwell-Davies, Investment Partner at Twenty20 Capital and Chair of Judges, expressed her enthusiasm about the competition, stating, “It’s great to see so many of the industry’s biggest brands and most successful challengers taking part in the 2023 TIARA UK&I Recruitment Awards. These market-leading firms are an inspiration to the sector, not only proving the success of new models and services but the return on investment in talent and technology to adapt to new client, candidate, and consultant expectations.”

Transformation, resilience, and inclusion serve as the core themes for this year’s TIARA Recruitment Awards campaign, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as well as long-term growth across all award categories.

Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Recruitment and Headline Partner of the TIARAs, emphasised the importance of innovation and technological integration, remarking, “It’s always impressive when past winners show that they’re still going above and beyond, being innovative and setting a great example as well. As always, I’ll be looking at how the best are using tech and automation to enable their business.”

Mark Kieve, CEO of Pixid and Campaign Partner of the TIARAs, highlighted the significance of a unified purpose and goal within teams, stating, “The best balance of tech and talent to deliver improvement but also how teams are uniting behind a shared purpose and goal – whether it’s to be the best recruiter in their market specialisation or to transform recruitment with new models, solutions, or approaches.”

The TIARA judging panel is composed of distinguished industry executives, Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), chairpersons, along with leading experts, advisors, and corporate heads of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition.

This year’s TIARA 2023 campaign enjoys the support of Headline Partner Access Recruitment, Campaign Partner Pixid, and various sponsors, including Sonovate, Vincere, ForeTwo Group, WorkWell, Qdos, 6CATS, Grant Thornton, Parasol Group, Sourcewhale, Twenty20 Capital, Saffery Champness, Blackwood Capital, Mishcon de Reya, and Mercury.

With anticipation building up, the industry eagerly awaits the TIARA UK&I Recruitment Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the finest recruiters who continue to drive professional services and economic growth, attracting diverse talent and forging new paths in the world of recruitment.


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