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Sigmar Win at National Recruitment Federation Awards 2019

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The 13th annual National Recruitment Federation Awards took place in the Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night, November 29th. Sigmar were delighted to attend and come away with three awards on the night.


Best in Practice IT & Telecoms: Sigmar

It’s been a big year for our IT Team. After successfully lauching our European IT Recruitment talent hub in Tralee last year, the team were delighted to win "Best in Practice IT & Telecoms" award for the second year in a row. 


Best Permanent Recruiter of the Year: Julie Valentine

Julie Valentine from our Sales recruitment team, scooped up the prestigious 'Permanent Recruitment Consultant of the Year' title, beating off stiff competition in this category.

Speaking on Julie’s win, Sigmar CEO, Adie McGennis said; “We are delighted that Julie has been rightly recognised as Top Permanent Recruiter in Ireland. Her talent, innovation and passion for quality service makes her very popular with clients, candidates and colleagues, so this is widely celebrated. Julie is always willing to share insights with other team members across the company, but also with clients, so her relationships across the sector are second to none. She embodies Sigmar’s people centric, client focussed values, and always with good humour and positive outlook. On a personal basis Julie is a pleasure to work with and we all learn from her."


NRF Cert RP Graduate of the Year: Shane Mullen

The NRF Cert RP Graduate of the Year Award recognises those who have achieved the highest results in the NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice exams in 2019. Sigmar was thrilled for our Managed Services Public Sector Recruiter, Shane Mullen being recognised for achieving one the highest grades of the 2019 graduates.

We were also delighted to have been shortlisted for 5 other awards on the night:

- Best in Practice for a Specialism – Public Sector Recruitment 
- Best CSR 
- Best in Practice for Sales & Marketing 
- Contract Recruitment Consultant of the Year – Chris Stewart 
- Best Large Recruitment Agency


Well done to all the nominees and winners and a big thanks to the NRF for a great night!


Posted by Clare Reynolds on 2 December 2019

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