Staffing and Recruitment

The Staffing and Recruitment industry is represented in the UK by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC represents 3,242 corporate members who have branches across all regions of the UK. In addition, the REC represents 7,020 individual members within the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). All members must abide by a Code of Professional Practice. Above all, the REC is committed to raising standards and highlighting excellence throughout the recruitment industry.








The Recruitment & Employment Confederation represent their members' interests to the highest levels of government, offer tailored advice to members' individual labour market sectors, assure clients that REC members uphold the highest professional standards, and offer a wide range of business support, as well as many other exclusive benefits.

There are two forms of membership available to recruiters: 


News and Policy 

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has a thriving newsdesk and a proactive policy team. As well as regular press updates and the official REC blog, the REC runs the award-winning Recruitment Matters magazine and produces definitive research on and for the recruitment industry. 

The REC campaigns on behalf of recruiters in the UK and advises all levels of government both in the UK and the EU. Throughout 2014 the REC is focusing on five main issues: youth employment and skills; diversity and inclusion; flexible work; tax and regulation; and public sector resourcing.


Legal Resources 

The comprehensive REC Legal Guide, including model document library, statutory compensation tables and over 700 FAQs on all aspects of employment law, is a major member benefit for REC members.


The information contained in the REC Legal Guide is generic advice provided for guidance only.  We endeavour to ensure that the information provided in the REC Legal Guide is accurate and accept no liability for errors or omissions.  We recommend that members seek detailed legal advice on any of the areas covered here by either contacting the REC Legal Helpline, the REC legal business partners or using their own external advisers.

The REC Legal Guide contains links to external websites where more detailed and specific guidance can be found.  The REC is not responsible or liable for the content of third party websites.


Business Support 

The REC’s Recruitment Business Academy (RBA) is the recruitment industry’s single destination for advice, guidance and support for every business in recruitment. They provide an expert range of recruitment-specific training, consultancy, business and accreditation services.

The Recruitment Business Academy range covers:


Help and Advice 

Recruitment consultants are uniquely placed as experts in the labour market. As a conduit between employers and jobseekers, helping employers attract the right talent and jobseekers find the right role, recruiters are the eyes and ears of the UK economy. A good recruitment consultant is an expert in their sector, upholds the highest professional and ethical standards, and is aware of trends as they emerge.

As the professional body for the recruitment industry, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is uniquely placed to advise both employers and jobseekers what they should be looking for in a recruiter.

The REC's experts also regularly speak to the media about employment and recruitment.


Scale Up 

Scale-Up is the REC’s flagship campaign designed to help recruitment businesses grow and evolve as the UK emerges from the longest recession in living memory.

The campaign is called Helping your business to…Scale Up where recruitment businesses can access a wealth of tools, events, workshops, seminars and research, all created to help REC members to make the most of the economic upturn.

If you would like further information on any of the elements of this campaign, you can call the REC on 020 7009 2100 or email