If you’re looking for the latest UK recruitment news, insights, job boards or places to advertise, we’ve selected our top UK recruitment websites and magazines. They all have a distinct feel and size, and target different audiences.
Combining news, industry insights and a recruitment-specific Job Board, Recruiter Magazine is a comprehensive source of authority on the sector.
Articles are categorised according to their most relevant sector, though of course insights from one area of recruitment can well apply elsewhere. Marketing, Engineering and HR are just three areas making up the “industry sectors” part of the publication.
Recruiter Magazine claims to be “the leading publication for recruitment professionals”, and reaches out to its 38.4K Twitter followers several times an hour.
Several articles also appear daily in each section of the Recruiter Magazine website, whether it’s the latest REC report or sector specific knowledge. The website also serves as a directory for recruitment events, such as the Recruiter Awards 2019.
Their online content is paid for through advertising, and readers must navigate a paywall to access full articles.
Recruiter Magazine say that three quarters of their readers are business owners, directors and heads of departments. This includes recruitment professionals such as in-house recruiters, executive head-hunters as well as employment agencies.
First and foremost, it should be stressed that “readership” and “circulation” are not the same things. The first refers to the number of readers, the second the number of copies sold — in this case, Recruiter Magazine estimate that the average buyer shows his or her copy to 3 colleagues.
- Monthly Magazine Sales — 14,837
- Monthly Magazine Readers — 59,348
- Unique Monthly Website Readers — 48,000
- Daily Newsletter Readers — 22,000.
Finally, Recruiter Magazine claims to be the only UK recruitment publication that backs up its readership figures via an independent audit by the ABC (Audit of Bureau of Circulations).
£35 Annual Subscription for Recruiter Magazine and access to all online content (12 issues)
Unlike Recruiter Magazine, Recruitment Buzz operates online only.
It focusses more on insights and trends than it does ‘news’, in the sense of reporting takeovers, appointments and quotes.
Recruitment Buzz has made the interesting choice of separating out “Recruitment Agencies” and “In House Recruiters”. That said, some peer insights are of use to both sets of recruitment professionals.
They welcome guest contributions but review submissions before publication, ensuring relevance and quality.
Their focus is on advice and insight, rather than news, and do not have an Events or Job Board function.
Since their inception in 2012, Recruitment Buzz has distributed over 40,000 articles in fields as diverse as technology, HR and B2B markets.
They aim to provide a voice for the recruitment sector, and thus markets itself towards business owners. There is a “Press Room” function on the website where companies can pitch press releases. In their words, “If your Business has a Story to Tell we’ll Give you a Voice!”.
Recruitment Buzz claims it has a “proven track record” of growing market reach for over 150 UK and international business over the past 3 years.
Recruitment Buzz do not provide figures for how many visitors come to their webpage, read their newsletters or share their content.
That said, they reach out to an audience of some 20K followers on Twitter.
Recruiting Times is something of a jack of all trades, offering News, Opinion, Features, Reports and Directories to its readers.
With a slick website (there’s no physical publication), Recruiting Times aim to attract as wide an audience as possible.
They are particularly good when it comes to finding and reporting studies conducted by employers, think tanks, agencies etc. A typical story reads “Work in the UK is just as secure as it was 20 years ago”, and features recent research from CIPD.
Recruiting Times is an IOR Company, who run Job Boards integrated into the website, which also displays a drop down menu of Recruitment Courses and Suppliers.
They maximise their output and outreach by operating across a range of social media channels, from Twitter (5,400 followers) to Youtube via LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Recruiters, HR, and talent and resourcing professionals.
Recruiting Times claim to be “the highest traffic ranking recruitment magazine website in Britain”, and they certainly have impressive figures, all independently audited:
- Weekly Newsletter Readers: 40,000
- Daily Unique Website Visitors: 700
- Monthly Unique Visitors: 9,843
- Daily Unique Pageviews: 800
- Monthly Unique Pageviews: 9,843.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation, or REC, is the official body for the recruitment industry.
They lobby on behalf of their members, and set the standard for the UK’s estimated 28,000 recruitment agencies. REC-approved agencies must comply with certain standards for payment and health and safety.
They also put on training events and seminars all over the UK, such as their “Preparing for IR35” series.
In other words, the REC has a certain clout to shape policy as well as simply report it.
For instance in July 2019, the REC initiated a petition asking for the 2017 Apprenticeship Levy to be extended to temporary workers as a response to chronic skills shortages.
Their website is an invaluable source of Press Releases and Industry Trends, such as their Jobs Outlook series — widely respected surveys of the UK recruitment and employment landscape.
Like Recruiting Times, the REC lays out and explains legal information that would be useful for recruitment professionals, such as official GDPR regulations. Furthermore, their website has a “Brexit Hub” to advise recruitment businesses of what to do amidst current political uncertainty.
The majority of their information is reserved for REC Members only, which comes at quite a hefty annual cost, particularly for small businesses.
The REC call themselves “the voice of the recruitment industry”, and as such consultants and business owners of all stripes count themselves as members.
Their network currently encompasses some 3,500 recruitment businesses, combined with more than 10,500 individual recruiters via the affiliated Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).
As of August 2019, the REC also has 18.2K Twitter followers.
Membership costs for business owners depends on annual turnover. You can speak to the Business Development Team on +44 (0) 20 7009 2100 or request a call by filling in a register form.
5. HR Review
As the name suggests, HR Review is an online magazine dedicated to Human Resources personnel.
Nevertheless, there is an “Employment Law” and “Recruitment” section, two areas with notable crossover between HR and recruitment.
Items are neatly split between “News” and “Analysis”, and in both cases articles appear daily written by industry experts.
Like Recruiting Times, HR Review scour the Internet for the latest surveys on topics key to HR, amongst which Diversity, Wellbeing and Learning. A typical article takes research from Gurucul: “Over a quarter of UK workers waste three months annually on internet at work”.
HR Review also features a Job Board, sponsored by Indeed, and lists HR Events, such as workshops and masterclasses. They also list free webinars.
HR Review is a widely read publication, with some 44.4K Twitter followers. Exact reader numbers are, however, unavailable.
- Daily Newsletter Readers: 50,000.
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