The rules for the 20th National Online Recruitment Awards are as follows.
The categories for which public nominations have been invited are:
1. Best Generalist Job Board – definition – A purely online job board, advertising vacancies across a wide range of disciplines throughout the UK. These sites must operate independently of recruitment firms or publications. Aggregators and wider career sites can be considered in this category.
2. Best Specialist Job Board – definition – A purely online job board, advertising vacancies within a defined range of disciplines. These sites must operate independently of recruitment firms or publications. *
3. Best Regional Job Board – A purely online job board, advertising vacancies within a defined region or geographical area withing the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. These sites must operate independently of recruitment firms or publications.
4. Best National Recruitment Agency – The website of a plc and/or international recruitment firm.
5. Best Large Recruitment Agency – The website of a recognised multisite major recruitment firm which has more than 3 branches. N.B. The size of an agency may be assessed on different criteria, dependant upon circumstances.
6. Best Small Recruitment Agency – The website of a recognised recruitment firm which has 3 branches or less. N.B. The size of an agency may be assessed on different criteria, dependent upon circumstances.*
7. Best Major Employer – The recruitment section of a website for a major employer, with over 500 employees.
8. Best Employer (under 500 employees) – The recruitment section of a website for a small or SME employer. Not a PLC, and having less than 500 employees.
9. Best Consumer Publication – The recruitment section of a website of a consumer publication such as a newspaper, magazine or similar.
10. Best Trade Publication – The recruitment section of a specialist trade or industry publication or similar.
11. Best Employment Advice Website – A website (or defined section of a website) whose principal purpose is to provide career and employment advice to candidates.
12. Best Newcomer – This category will recognise newly launched sites in the past 18 months.
13. Best Innovation in Online Recruitment – This category will recognise sites which have developed new methods of improving the online recruitment experience for job seekers, recruiters and employers. This could include social media sites, be a technical development or simply a new twist in what facilities are made available to candidates. This can also include services which are not normally visible to jobseekers, but still deliver benefits to candidates.
14. NORA Academy Award – Members of the NORA Academy will vote for the recruitment website which they believed best represented the industry in that year. Only websites which have been shortlisted as Finalists in the NORAs this year can be contenders for this award, but it will ultimately be voted for by their peers in the industry.
Anyone can nominate any sites they choose, and give their reasons for nominating. These nominations will be considered by a panel of independent industry experts, and reduced to a shortlist of 5 nominations for each of these categories (*8 finalists for categories 2 and 5). You may nominate a website, or websites, for each award category by clicking HERE. Nominations close on 6th September and the finalists will be announced on 3rd October. Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 13th November.
The criteria to be used in judging will include:
1. Ease of use, design, layout & speed.
2. Volume of available vacancies.
3. Volume of claimed visitors.
4. Available facilities for jobseekers.
5. Prominence in targeted market.
6. The mobile website and any application for a mobile platform will be taken into account. Sites which are NOT considered mobile-friendly will NOT be eligible for consideration.
7. Use of extended social media channels to reach candidates.
8. Use of additional media to engage with candidates, including video and audio.
These criteria are applied in terms of a site’s relevance to, and facilities appropriate to, it’s intended market. Sites will be assessed from the point of view of a jobseeker, and what benefits candidates best.
Our Finalists and Winners are entitled to display these logos on their site and literature.
Two independent panels of JUDGES will use the same criteria, and their knowledge of the online recruitment sector, to select our Finalists and Winners in each category.