Finalists announced for the NORAs 21

We are beyond thrilled to announce the Finalists for the 21st annual SmartRecruiters National Online Recruitment Awards.

The stats: Originating from 9,873 nominations from the public, for 489 separate recruitment websites.

Our first panel of judges assessed all sites from employers, recruitment agencies, job boards and publications, and whittled these down to 82 finalists across our 13 award categories. All sites are judge from the persepective of jobseekers, with the additional insigth of our expert judges, who are all phenomally experienced in HR, talent attraction, agency recruitment, and online recruitment.

Of our 82 Finalists, only 26 were shortlisted for the same award last year – meaning we have a fantastic array of new contenders pushing through!

Our second panel of judges will now assess all finalists, and score them to arrive at our eventual winners, which will be revealed at our in-person awards event in London on Wednesday 10th November.

Additionally we have one more unique award. The NORA Academy Award is voted for exclusively by only members of the NORA Academy, who themselves have all been former winners and finalists themselves. Membership is granted to all who make this achievement, including those new finalsts this year.



Nominations opened on Tuesday 3rd August at 9:00AM and closed on Monday 6th September at 5:00PM.

All registered and nominated sites will be considered carefully by our Shortlisting Judging Panel, to arrive at the list of this year’s Finalists.

The Finalists for the National Online Recruitment Awards 2021 will be announced here on Tuesday 5th October.

Our Winners will be revealed at our in-person online awards event, held on Wednesday 10th November.

Stephen O’Donnell
Chair of the NORAs