Pandemic-defying growth leaders shortlisted for 2020 TIARA Recruitment Awards

July 23, 2020 – TALiNT Partners today announces the shortlist for the TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs), which recognise excellence, innovation, and growth in the UK’s top recruitment firms.

“Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the recruitment sector, the TIARA team was determined to recognise the industry’s top performers to ensure the best possible shortlist for 2020,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “We are proud to announce 40 of the UK’s top recruiters as finalists in 15 award categories with a combined turnover of £8.99 billion, NFI of £1.4 billion, and 26,444 employees.”

While some of last year’s winners have returned to defend their title – including NES Global Talent, Oscar, Sigmar, La Fosse Associates and Oliver James Associates – new challengers for top honours this year include Adecco, Airswift, Gazelle Global, Opus Talent Solutions and NHS Professionals.

“It’s great to see the cream of the UK recruitment industry taking part in the 2020 TIARA Recruitment Awards, with the diversity and quality of finalists representing those leading the evolution of the sector,” said Chair of Judges Ian Nash. “The pandemic has provided the ultimate test for the recruitment sector and this year’s finalists were best prepared to weather the storm because of how they have invested in technology, training, and transformation.”

Transformation has been the core theme of the 2020 TIARA campaign to recognise those recruiters who have upskilled consultants to deliver more value to clients and candidates.

“The most successful recruitment businesses are those who think holistically about their entire recruitment operations who are best able to achieve a step-change and genuine business transformation,” said fellow judge Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Group, which is Headline Partner of the TIARA Recruitment Awards. “Access Group is delighted to support the TIARA campaign to celebrate the achievements of the UK’s leading recruitment companies, and we’re particularly proud to sponsor the Tech Transformation Award this year.”

The TIARA 2020 campaign is supported by sponsors including Mishcon de Reya, Grant Thornton, Clearwater International, 6CATS International, Fore:Two Group, Saffery Champness, SourceBreaker and Parasol Group.

The TIARA judging panel is distinguished by some of the industry’s leading executives, NEDs and chairmen, including Giles Daubeney, Former Deputy CEO of Robert Walters; Miles Hunt, Chairman of Cobalt; and David Higgins, Chairman of RPI. New additions to the judging panel this year include Gary Elden OBE, former CEO of SThree, and Prof Emma Parry, Head of Changing World of Work at Cranfield School of Management.

“When choosing my TIARA winners I’ll be looking at their values and principles, what they give back, how they treat their people in all markets, their size and growth rate, creativity and innovation, and what they are doing differently,” said Gary.

Due to ongoing social distancing, and concern about a second lockdown in the Autumn, TALiNT Partners will deliver the TIARA Recruitment Agency Awards Ceremony as a virtual event on Wednesday 21st October, from 6pm to 7.30pm. For more information about the ceremony and to book tickets, visit our event page.