The In-house Recruitment Awards are here to discover and recognise the increasing achievements of UK In-house Recruitment Teams and the individuals that form them. You can find all of this year’s category information below.

Recruitment Innovation

Partnered by: SHL

Recruitment Innovation is defined as ‘doing something different to gain a competitive advantage’. This category invites entries from those with demonstrable and effective innovation of either strategy, new internal processes, marketing, use of resources, department collaboration, technology or any other area of difference. We’re looking for industry firsts and evidence of meeting a challenge head-on with an innovative, never seen, solution.

Newcomer (Team Award)

Starting an in-house recruitment function from scratch takes an enormous effort and this category invites entries from those companies that are new to in-house recruitment and have demonstrated success in a vastly challenging environment.

Recruitment Advertising Campaign

Partnered by: ClickIQ

Recruitment advertising includes all communications used by your organisation to attract talent to work within it, whilst simultaneously building your employer brand. Entrants to this award should demonstrate a successful recruitment advertising campaign that was innovative, functional and, ultimately, productive.

Employee Referral

This category recognises organisations that have been successful in the creation, innovation and efficiency in the development and execution of an employee referral strategy. Entrants will demonstrate its effectiveness in engaging existing employees to recruit family, friends and associates, with success in achieving desired targets in efficiency, quality and retention.

Use of Video

The ever-increasing use of video as part of a modern world has lent itself to incorporating itself into the world of candidate attraction and engagement. Use of video has the opportunity to accentuate an employer brand, so the need for initiative and creativity increased. This category recognises these traits as employers look to stand out from the crowd through video.

The video might be stand-alone or part of a wider social/digital strategy, but it must be a video in it’s own right, and not a collection

Use of Social Media

Social Media is an ever-increasing phenomenon but how effective is it as a recruitment tool? This category recognises entries that can evidence a defined strategy in attracting, engaging or recruiting their target audience through social media with tangible results for both time and cost ROI. If your company has proven track records of a successful social media recruitment strategy and execution, this award is for you.

Graduate Recruitment Strategy

Recruiting graduates requires a range of skills and initiatives often distinct from the ordinary process. Entrants to this category will demonstrate success in achieving the recruitment of graduates for multiple positions against targets around cost, timelines, number and quality, whilst displaying an innovative approach to the graduate-attraction strategy.

In-House Recruitment Manager

Partnered by: Good Recruitment Campaign

Every successful recruitment team needs strategic leadership. The winner of this award will be the individual that has shown a consistently high level of team management, leading from the front to develop an entirely productive and efficient in-house recruitment team. Leadership and management take many guises.

Recruitment Team – Technology Sector

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams within the Technology sector who are able to showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns, working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) and impact on their organisation.

Recruitment Team – Not-for-Profit / Public Sector

Partnered by: Only Marketing Jobs

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams within the Not-for-Profit or Public sector who can showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns, working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) and impact on their organisation.

Recruitment Team – Retail / Consumer Goods Sector

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams within the Retail or Consumer sector who can showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns, working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) and impact on their organisation.

Recruitment Team – less than 1,000 employees

Partnered by: CV-Library

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams with less than one thousand employees who can showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns and working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) resulting in a positive impact on their organisation.

On-Boarding Strategy

Having a structured on-boarding process for new recruits plays a vital role in the retention and engagement of your employees. An effective process allows new hires to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours not only for their role, but in understanding the company and how they fit. Thus, allowing the recruit to become a successful, engaged member of your organisation.

Candidate Experience

Partnered by: Candidate.ID

This category recognises outstanding service and care for candidates, highlighting an exceptional in-house recruitment operation that provides a uniquely positive experience throughout the hiring process. The winning entry will clearly demonstrate outstanding levels of candidate experience backed up by evidence which includes stats, facts and figures.

Employer Brand

Entrants to this category will demonstrate triumphs in creating or developing an employer brand which reaches new heights, elevating it to be perceived as a ‘great place to work’. A successful and impactful Employer Brand is an integral part of the candidate journey that acts as an enhancement in the attraction, engagement and retention of talent.

Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team

This award invites RPOs to enter their very best onsite client team(s). Entrants to this category will accentuate the proposed RPO model and be able to evidence how their service improves the recruiting process for their specific client. RPOs should act as a strategic partner to a business through technology, methodologies, and reporting resulting in the improvement of such items as the candidate pool, costs and governmental compliance.

Please note this category must be submitted by the RPO company and be based on the methodologies and business solution, using case studies to back up your findings and metrics.

Career Site

Successful entrants to this category will be able to clearly highlight to the judges how their career website reflects the company’s brand ethos, whilst providing an engaging and helpful user experience that engages the jobseeker and provides them with the necessary information and understanding of the role and company whilst also being visually appealing.

Apprenticeship or School Leaver Campaign

Times are changing for early careers recruitment. Academic success doesn’t guarantee expertise in the workplace and with the rising cost of higher education, people are considering alternative routes into their careers. Running a successful campaign for school leavers, or taking advantage of the recently introduced will provide you with a wider talent pool to engage, connect, retain and grow into a successful part of your organisation

Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

Partnered by: reed.co.uk

This category recognises the consistency, sustainability and creativity required to develop a contemporary and effective strategy in attracting and engaging an inclusive workforce. The winning entry will provide evidence that their D&I recruitment strategy has made a positive impact to the organisation in terms of diversity metrics and company success.

Executive Search Strategy

Performing executive search for senior hires requires a range of skills and initiatives often distinct from the ordinary process. Entrants to this category will demonstrate success in achieving targets around cost, timelines, number and quality of desired executive level hires, whilst displaying an innovative approach to the overall executive search strategy.

In-House Recruiter

Within any team there is often a stand-out performer. The winner of this award will be the individual that has demonstrated an exceptional level of attainment: going beyond the call of duty; or consistently identifying the best talent for the business; or creating the most dynamic recruitment strategy; or some other stand-out performance. What has defined them in the past 12 months?

International Recruitment Team

Partnered by: Totaljobs

This award recognises those recruitment teams who although based in the UK, have achieved outstanding success in recruiting internationally, either remotely or setting up recruitment teams in new locations. Regional knowledge, cultural understanding, brand presence and recruitment success are all factors to be taken into consideration when defining your International Recruitment Strategy.

Recruitment Team – Financial / Professional Services Sector

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams within the Financial or Professional Services sector who can showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns, working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) and impact on their organisation.

Recruitment Team – more than 1,000 employees

Partnered by: Lumesse

Entries are open to in-house recruitment teams with more than one thousand headcount who can showcase their collective achievements of recruitment goals, development and/or refinement of recruitment strategy, innovation, effective campaigns, working closely with stakeholders (corporate, line managers, candidates, etc) and impact on their organisation.

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