UK Recruitment Blog of the Year 2016 WINNERS

This is our ninth year of running the UK Recruitment Blog of the Year Awards and we’ve had a brilliant range of blogs to judge for 2016.  Before announcing the winners I want to thank everyone for their nominations as well as the judging panel and blog sponsors;  Peoplise, Hireserve, The Global Recruiter and National Online Recruitment Awards.

Our main sponsors, Peoplise, said: “The winners in each category are making an invaluable contribution to the recruitment and HR space with their insightful and thought provoking content”.

This year we took well over 200 nominations whittled them down to 25 finalists (you should check out this list as they are all excellent sites). So, now onto the winners:

Recruitment Agency Blog: Pie Recruitment

Pie Recruitment are an agency specialising the sales & marketing spectrum, offering insight and expertise across the Consumer, Retail, Technology, Automotive and Business to Business Markets. Their well designed blog was only established in May 2016 but is jam packed with diverse content.

Overall awards sponsor, Peoplise, said:  “Congratulations to Pie Recruitment on winning the Recruitment Agency blog of the year award. It was great to see so many well written blogs but the ones that stood out for us struck the right balance between being fun and informative.”

In-house Recruiter/HR Department Blog: Digital People

Digital People is the hiring function for digital, data and technology careers in UK government.  The colourful and easily navigable site is a great example of a candidate engagement blog

Category sponsor Hireserve said: “Huge congratulations to the Digital People blog team! The blog is a fantastic mix of interviews with team members, features on specific career paths and insights into what life is like working at the Government Digital Services. As a tool to inspire, educate and engage potential candidates, it’s an excellent example. We’re delighted to have sponsored this category and would like to extend our congratulations to all shortlisted finalists.”

Recruitment Industry Supplier Blog: Social Talent

Social Talent are a second time winner in this hard to judge category; again this year we had a “shortlist” of nearly 50 blogs.   The Social Talent blog was established by Jonathan Campbell but is now mostly authored by the Siofra Pratt and covers all range of topics relevant to recruiters – updated with fresh content at least a few times a week

Category sponsor, and judge, Stephen O’Donnell said “Perhaps it would be crazy to think otherwise, but the people at Social Talent do much more than walk the walk when it comes to active engagement in social media. Having Social in the name of the company is not just a gimmick, as they very clearly live up to expectations and believe in the power of authentically sharing their knowledge, expertise, and insight, as well as collating and drawing attention to the very best that they discover from a wide range of sources.  Almost every single day (and this is very hard to do), new nuggets of blog gold are delivered mostly by Siofra, the Content Marketing Exec. Always informative, often hilarious, and unfailingly useful, the Social Talent blog is a shining example of how organisations can actively demonstrate the human element of their brand.”

Influencer Blog:
In-House Influencer – Neil Morrison
Agency Influencer – Lisa Jones

This is a new award we have introduced for 2016 to highlight individuals who use blogging to position themselves as experts or thought leaders within recruitment.  We have two fabulous winners – one for the in house space and the other for the recruitment agency sector.

Neil Morrison, blogging as Change Effect has more than 20 years experience in the industry.  His blog is a great mix of intellectual pieces, quirky thoughts and the occasional rant.  He is a regular speaker at conferences across the world and writes for a number of publications on a semi-regular basis.

Lisa Jones blogs at Barclay Jones and despite the blog being a great team effort and Lisa always being incredibly busy her voice is still clearly heard in the content.  She works with recruitment leaders, IT leaders and recruitment marketers of all levels creating practical, business-led strategies.  She is a passionate recruitment agency advocate and speaks at all of the major recruitment events.

Judge Simon Kent of The Global Recruiter Magazine, said: Overall another great year for the blog awards. There’s a fantastic number of well-informed, practical and often inspirational blogs out there. The really great ones are those that entertain – through innovative and well written content – as well as inform. It’s refreshing to see a variety of approaches to the presentation of content being taken by writers. Blogs also start to take off when form is matched to content. This can get a message across in a very efficient and effective way.

Congratulations to all the winners and to the finalists.

I will be contacting all the winners this week to ensure they get their trophies.


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