Honorary Fellowship

HonFIRP status is the highest accolade of individual members and is awarded at the discretion of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's elected Council to just two members every year.

To be eligible for Honorary Fellowship membership, you must have demonstrated an outstanding professional career, as well as an exceptional personal contribution to the REC, IRP and recruitment industry as a whole.


Honorary Fellowship nominations for 2017 are now closed. 2017's Honorary Fellows will be announced at the IRP Awards on 6 December 2017. 


Honorary Fellowship awarding criteria


The IRP is keen to attract nominations from the IRP Membership who can meet the following criteria set out by REC’s Council:

  • Nominations must be made by at least three IRP Fellows for each individual
  • Nominees must already be full IRP Fellows with at least 10 years in recruitment
  • Nominees must have a significant track record of working on behalf of the REC, our industry and in promoting the IRP
  • Nominees must have made an exceptional personal contribution – consistently going the extra mile
  • Individuals awarded Honorary Fellowship membership must continue to be a positive ambassador for the REC, IRP, and the recruitment industry

 If Fellows are in breach of this criteria the REC Council reserves the right to remove their Honorary Fellow status.

Awarding Process


New Honorary Fellows will be announced at the IRP Awards in December 2017. The awarding process for HonFIRP status is as follows:

  • Nominations invited and accepted all year, cut-off date is 5pm Friday 12 May 2017.
  • REC senior leadership reviews the nominees and make recommendations to REC Council
  • REC Council is the formal awarding body
  • Annual places will be limited to two per annum
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