nrl recruitment awards

It’s no surprise that with more than three decades in business we’ve collected a few accolades along the way. In fact, it’s something we are extremely proud of – thanks to our dedicated and highly talented team who deliver our innovative solutions and help our business thrive.


Explore our awards archive below

The Contracting Awards

We support engineering and construction projects across the UK and globally - which is why it meant a great deal to be awarded two trophies at the Contracting Awards 2019.

Our NRL recruitment business was recognised as the Best Contracting Recruitment Agency - Engineering, thanks to our robust commitment to compliance.

Linx, part of the NRL Group, also took home Best Outsourced Contractor Organisation, for the bespoke solutions they develop to manage contingent labour on behalf of their clients.

SIA Top 50 Largest Staffing Firms

Since starting out on our recruitment journey over three decades ago, we’ve continued to grow our expertise in the engineering and technical sectors.

That’s why being recognised as one of the Top 50 largest staffing firms in the UK by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) means so much to us. To be listed alongside the UK’s largest multi-disciplined recruitment agencies whilst retaining a niche focus on engineering roles is a huge achievement, and is testament to the hard-work and dedication our colleagues provide our clients each and every day.

Read more about our listing in SIA’s Top 50 largest staffing firms.

Recruiter Hot 100 - Top Technical Recruiter

The Hot 100 listing signals Recruiter Magazine’s crème-de-la-crème of staffing businesses – and are extremely coveted spaces each year.

In the 2018 listing we we're delighted to be ranked not only 12th on the industry wide listing, but positioned as the third best performing technical recruitment agency in their Top 10 technical list.

Our long heritage and history in the technical recruitment sector means we’re privileged to hold a long history of appearing within the report’s pages.

1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain

Each year the London Stock Exchange Group report on the 1,000 Companies that they believe inspire Britain, celebrating the UK’s most dynamic SMEs.

The report draws on businesses from various sectors including food and drink, retail, manufacturing and engineering, leisure and technology – carefully analysing key financial performance indicators and sector benchmarks to identify those businesses that are excelling in their field.

In the 2017 report NRL were the only employment services business listed in the £150m-£200m category, and one of only a few listed in the North West region.

NRL are proud to have featured in the listing for three consecutive years now, having impressed judges with our innovations and financial performance.

Read more about the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

Top UK Recruiter - Recruitment International

Previously Recruitment International called this their Top 500 listing. Today though with so many great things happening in our industry this report has been renamed to highlight those Top UK Recruiters.

NRL are proud to have a long standing history of being acknowledged by Recruitment International as a technical recruitment leader – and our successful inclusion in their 2017 listing is recognition of this.

Read more about our listing in Recruitment International’s Top UK Recruiters report.

North West Top 500 - Business Insider

As a business with firm roots in the North West, we’re pleased to be recognised year after year by Insider Media as a North West Business Insider Top 500 business that’s performing strongly.

From the Non-Destructive Testing services that our business was founded on, to the technical and engineering recruitment services we provide across the UK and globally - we’re proud of the way our business has grown over the past three decades.

Best Place to Work - North East

In 2018 our North East recruitment branch were listed alongside other leading businesses in the region as the 38th best place to work in the North East.

The Top 50 Best Places to Work accolade, awarded by local newspaper The Journal, judged businesses on how well they look after their employees.

Read more about their achievement.

Our other accolades

We're proud to have collected a number of other awards, all of which are testament to the excellent service are recruitments branches deliver to our clients, candidates and contractors.


  • Recruiter Fast 50 - UK's fastest-growing agencies, 2015 and 2016
  • Greater Manchester Business Week - Top 200 businesses in the North West, 2015 and 2016
  • APSCo Recruitment Company of the Year, 2015
  • Sunday Times - Top Track 250, 2015
  • onRec Awards - Online Creative Marketing, 2015