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Sigmar win Best IT, Telecoms & Technical Recruitment Team in Ireland 2015

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Sigmar are delighted to have won ‘Best in Practice IT, Telecoms & Technical’ at the National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards 2015 held on Friday last (4th December).

 

Presented by Gavin Duffy, the awards ceremony was held at the Shelbourne Hotel where over 370 of Ireland’s leading recruitment industry figures were in attendance. The awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in recruitment in Ireland.

 

Commenting on Sigmar IT’s success Sigmar Associate Director Eoin Langdon remarked “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award, it recognises the hard work and dedication of our team. We constantly strive to deliver recruitment excellence to our clients and candidates alike”.

 

Sigmar CEO Adrian McGennis added; ‘I am delighted for all the Sigmar IT team, as I know it’s a very competitive category and a very competitive sector! We have had great growth in permanent and contract IT recruitment this year and it is a strong testament to the talent, professionalism and commitment of everyone in the team. Certainly as the area is growing steadily, we are planning for continued growth/development in coming years.’

 

Also honoured on the night were Sigmar employees Fiona Joyce and Orlaith Dingley who both were amongst the Top 4 Graduates of the NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice.

Posted by Jamie Harnett, Associate Director Marketing & People Engagement on 7 December 2017

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