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Recent improvements in the UK economy and the jobs market bring with them an inevitable boost in the recruitment sector. The industry, which is already worth £25 billion and employs more than 100,000 people, is expected to grow even more in the coming years making it a positive career choice for today’s school leavers and graduates.

The core purpose of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) is to ensure that individual recruiters are recognised as members of a professional industry that is committed to upholding best practice, world-class recruitment standards and providing the best possible service to clients and candidates.

The IRP are the largest body within the recruitment industry with over 5,500 members, providing support, advice and guidance for recruiters. All IRP members sign up to the IRP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct demonstrating their commitment to practising the very highest standards of principled and professional recruitment. The institute was founded by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the UK’s largest recruitment body, in 2009.

Benefits of becoming a member of the IRP

For recruitment professionals, reputation is everything so they provide all the tools you might need to demonstrate commitment, professionalism and added value to clients and candidates. Through their qualifications, recruiters are able to develop their own talent and structure their career.

They also hold annual awards to showcase best practice, giving members an excellent networking opportunity. IRP members also have access to a wide pool of information and material, such as a member-only website, guides, webinars and networking events.

Types of membership

Affiliate – AIRP Affiliate level is tailored to those in the industry that have less than 10 years experience.

Member – MIRP Membership level is available to those in the recruitment industry that either hold an REC professional qualification, such as the Certificate in Recruitment Practice, or those who have been in the recruitment industry for 10 years or more.

Fellow – FIRP Fellowship of the IRP can be achieved in a number of ways:

  • 15 years experience in the recruitment industry
  • 10 years experience and the Certificate in Recruitment Practice
  • 7 years experience and the Diploma in Recruitment Practice
  • 5 years experience and the Degree in Recruitment Practice

How to become an IRP member

To become an IRP member please contact them on 020 7009 2100 or apply online or find out more visit their website.

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