NRF Membership Blog – Donal O’Donoghue

My goal, as committee member responsible membership growth, is to have every licenced recruitment organisation in Ireland recognised as an NRF member. Ireland already leads the way in this regard with 95% of the companies our sector already operating as NRF members.

nrf-membership-blogSo, here are my Top 6 Benefits of NRF Membership

  1. Accreditation
  2. Education
  3. Recognition
  4. Events
  5. Supporting & Influencing
  6. Garda Vetting



Being recognised as a member of the NRF is the hallmark of quality in the Irish recruitment industry. NRF member agencies are licensed to operate within the terms of the Employment Agency Act 1971. NRF membership is valued by both public and private sector companies when selecting recruitment partners. In fact many organisations now use “NRF membership” as criteria when evaluating bids and tenders for the provision of recruitment services.



The NRF is a huge advocate for promoting a culture of life-long learning in our profession. The NRF Certificate in Recruitment Practice (Cert RP), has over the years become the badge of honour to distinguish a trained recruitment professional. More recently the NRF education portfolio has expanded to include a 2-day training course for Recruitment Leaders & Managers which operates partnership with Ancora. Furthermore the NRF is making progress on having the recruitment career path recognised at third level in the National Framework of Qualifications. Watch this space!



In addition to the recognition associated with being an NRF member organisation, there are many other recognition avenues. The National Recruitment Awards process start each September. There are 19 award categories which are assessed by a panel of six independent judges from outside the industry. The PR associated with an NRF award has been the catalyst to growth for many of Ireland’s recruitment agencies. The NRF also has a fellowship programme for industry stalwarts. NRF members with over ten year’s service may be considered for the highest honour bestowed by the organisation, NRF Fellowship. NRF Fellows play a key role in inputting into themes and topics facing the industry and therefore support the work of the Executive Committee with their considerable experience.



The NRF breakfast briefings are a superb platform for members to stay up-to-date on everything from legislation to the evolution of the sector in the digital era. The NRF annual conference brings the industry together for thought leadership and networking and the NRF Awards is always a fitting way to finish the year on a high. 2018 will be a special year from an events perspective, as the NRF will be hosting the World Employment Conference (WEC) from 6th-8th June in Dublin.


Supporting & Influencing

NRF offers members a Free Legal Helpline, a team of legal experts and solicitors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ready to provide practical legal advice over the phone. The service is managed by DAS Group, specialists in the provision of legal advice. In terms of influencing policy that affects the industry, the NRF gives agencies a voice at national level. NRF membership gives individual agencies the opportunity to influence at the industry level and contribute to the debate on key challenges facing the sector.


Garda Vetting

The NRF has a fully authorised Garda Vetting Service in operation that provides a high quality service and rapid turnaround times. NRF is the only authorised organisation for handling Garda Vetting in the Irish recruitment industry.

If you would like to have a peer-to-peer discussion on how NRF membership can help you to grow your recruitment business, please contact me at

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