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Sigmar Recruitment NRF Awards 2017

Sigmar Awarded Best Permanent Recruitment Consultant and Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sigmar Recruitment NRF Awards 2017

Sigmar Recruitment is delighted to have picked up two awards at the 11th annual National Recruitment Federation awards on Friday 1st December.

Sigmar’s John Farrelly scooped the prestigious Permanent Recruitment Consultant of the Year title, beating stiff competition in this category.

Speaking on the win, Sigmar CEO, Adrian McGennis said; “I’m thrilled and so proud of John on this fantastic recognition. John epitomises all that a top recruiter should be! He’s naturally and passionately customer focussed going above and beyond for clients and candidates alike and a great team player.”

 

There was further good news with Sigmar also being awarded Best Corporate Social Responsibility with the judges commending us as a great example of a company who see this responsibility as part of their DNA.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition from our industry peers given the huge contribution the recruitment industry as a whole makes to society. At Sigmar, CSR is in our DNA and we are immensely proud of all the work our colleagues do locally, nationally and internationally in leading the employment agenda and supporting the creation of thousands of jobs each year”, says Sigmar CCO, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig.

We are also delighted to have been shortlisted for; Temporary Recruitment Consultant of the Year (Shaun O’Shea, Manager, IT Contract); Best in Practice, IT, Telecoms & Technical; Best in Practice, Pharma, Engineering & Science; and Best in Specialism – HR.

Presented by Gavin Duffy, the awards ceremony was held at the Shelbourne Hotel where 340 of Ireland’s leading recruitment industry figures were in attendance. The awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in recruitment in Ireland.

Posted by Julia Purcell on 11 December 2017

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