In 2015 we received over 25,000 nominations from job seekers, for almost 600 separate websites. Only 1 in 10 of those nominated made it to the next stage as a Finalist.  Of the 72 Finalists, only 24 were Finalists for the same award in 2014. Even more surprisingly, only two of last year’s fourteen winners retained the same trophies this year!

You can view the event gallery of photos from our event here.

Our trophies before the award show.

Additionally, and for only the second time, we have presented the only peer award in our industry, The NORA Academy Award. Our award winners are as follows:

Best Innovation in Online Recruitment

As ever, the last 12 months has seen a tremendous surge in innovation on all fronts, which challenge industry norms, and help to shape the future of the recruitment sector.  Our award for Innovation in Online Recruitment, demonstrates the progress being made, in a fast evolving employment marketplace.

Presenting the Award for Best Innovation in Online Recruitment tonight is Eric Potts of Talenetic, whose site Oilfinity won this award last year. Our award winner is The Dots, a unique online job service originating in Australia, providing a distinctive community for the creative sector.

Best Newcomer in Online Recruitment

Our Newcomer award not only recognises brand new entrants to the market, but also newly launched or dramatically revamped services.  In particular, our finalists here have shown uniquely new ways of delivering their services to candidates.

The award for Best Newcomer in Online Recruitment, was presented by the Queen of UK Recruitment, Louise Triance from UK Recruiter. Louise presented this award to Hung Lee, founder of Workshape.

Best Employment Advice Website

In an area which is often overlooked, the provision of practical employment advice is of particular interest to candidates.  This award recognises those who excel in this regard.

Paddy Doyle of our award sponsors Clinch presented this award to multiple winners Monster.

Best Trade Publication

Trade Publications, often in line with trade bodies, in the UK, have a unique role in each professional marketplace and dedicated industry sectors.

This award was presented by Wendy McDougall, CEO of Firefish Software to the very excellent Drapers Jobs.

Consumer Publication

Newspaper recruitment advertising for many publications still has a long way to go.  However, the service provided by our Finalists this year really shows how it can be done very well indeed.

Christine Tautari, co-founder and Director of The Needle Online, presented this award to The Guardian.

Best Small Employer

Unsurprisingly, recruitment agencies also feature strongly in this category, as small employers recruiting for themselves in their own right.

Our award sponsor, Shaun Weise, of Bullhorn announced this year’s winner as Advanced Resource Managers.

Best Major Employer

Large national employers in the UK, often led by extremely experienced in-house recruiters, and progressive HR leaders, have really raised the bar this year, and shown how to recruit candidates nationally and in volume. Not only advertising vacancies, but also reflecting and enhancing their employer brand.

Jonathan Pratt, of 6 time NORA winner s1jobs, presented this award to Virgin Atlantic.

Best Small Recruitment Agency

The UK has the highest density of recruitment agencies found anywhere in the world, and some 80% of those are small owner-managed firms.

The award for Best Small Recruitment Agency Website was presented by Rob Edwards, of our award sponsors Chameleon-I, toAspire.

Best Large Recruitment Agency

This award is in recognition of that middle ground between small recruitment agencies, and national PLC organisations.  You could say that these firms have the spread of clients and candidates to probably be the most accurate barometer of the UK economy.

Our award sponsor, Michael Wallace of TempBuddy, presented this award to Spencer Ogden.

Best National Recruitment Agency

These recruitment industry giants have enormous clout in the marketplace, and ensure their online presence appeals to both candidates and clients alike. Building a website that feels personal to jobseekers is no mean feat on this scale.

Paul Higgins, founder of our award sponsor, Choobah, presented this award to Manpower.

Best Regional Job Board

Regional job boards are able to provide candidates and employers with a local focus, which they can identify with, and respond to.  Throughout the country, regional and local job boards do an outstanding job in catering for their needs.

Our fantastic award sponsor, Stephen Warren, CEO of Results Generation, presented this award to IrishJobs.ie.

Best Specialist Job Board

This award category has always been the most hotly contested of all our awards.  This year has been no exception.

Matt Comber Director of Volcanic, presented this award to Creativepool (who were winner of our Best Innovation award in 2014).

Best Generalist Job Board

Given the profile of the Finalists here, this is often seen as our flagship award.  This award recognises the largest and most popular recruitment websites in the UK, catering for all industry sectors, and continually investing in developing their product.  This is, of course, great news for job seekers, who are the beneficiaries of this competition.

This award was to be presented, by our most loyal supporter and sponsor, Filip de Geijter, CEO of Actonomy. Unfortunately Filip was Ill, so Stephen O’Donnell presented this award to CV-Library, who win this prize for the first time, after being a finalist for most of the last 15 years.


2015 marks only the second year of this award, and the results are very revealing of how recruitment websites regard one another.  Last year, our first recipient of the Academy Award was CV-Library.

The top three sites, as voted for by you, the NORA Academy, are CW Jobs, Jobsite and Indeed.


The Winner of the NORA Academy Award for 2015 was Jobsite.