Change is coming

We’re in the process of replacing the IRP with “REC Professionals”.


Following extensive consultation with our members, we’ve made this change so that individuals working within recruitment can become recognised as part of the REC, the largest recruitment professional body in the UK.


IRP members are proud to be part of a professional body – but they consistently told us that they would prefer to be closer to the REC because that’s the brand that their clients and candidates know and understand.


We want to enable more recruiters, whether agency-side or inhouse, to join the REC. This is important, because it will strengthen our collective voice, giving us more weight when campaigning on behalf of the recruitment industry.


To find out more about the changes we’re making, go to

A career in recruitment

The recruitment industry is dynamic, fast-paced and highly competitive and offers exciting career opportunities to the right people. Recruitment consultancies attract candidates on behalf of their clients matching them to specific criteria and behaviours on a temporary, contract or permanent basis. They operate in virtually all sectors of the employment market. The industry is made up of a number of publicly listed companies, which operate internationally, as well as many small independent companies providing locally recognised knowledge and expertise.  

The IRP Blog

The IRP’s I Love Recruitment blog is place to get your regular dose of recruitment insight and inspiration. Our bloggers come from all walks of recruitment life - experts at the IRP, IRP Award winners, recruiters, to social media gurus and marketing specialists. Join in the love of recruitment and sign up to the blog.

Career development

The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) exists to support recruiters to achieve their professional potential. That's why we've created a full career routewayto provide a framework for recruiters to follow, from apprentice level all the way up to business owner.

  • Apprenticeships - HPB


    Grow your business, gain new talent and start to make real plans for the longer term with recruitment apprenticeships.

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  • Qualifications HPB


    Set yourself apart by gaining a regulated recruitment-specific qualification.

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  • CPD - HPB


    IRP CPD is here to help members to demonstrate their professional development and/or identify areas for development.

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  • Recruitment Training HPB

    Student hub

    Get the support you need while studying towards the IRP qualifications.

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Our Videos

At the IRP we love recruitment, so much so we have a dedicated video channel full of recruiter interviews, tips and insight in to the world of recruitment.

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