The 2023 TIARA Recruitment Awards MENA Winners have been announced!

  • Recruitment leaders attend live gala dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeriah 
  • 11 winners honoured with 4 highly commended finalists   

Thursday 2nd November 2023 – Winners of the TIARA Recruitment Awards MENA were revealed at a Gala Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria in Dubai, attended by 200 CEOs, senior executives and leaders from the region’s top recruiters. Held in the glittering ballroom, our finalists arrived to a red-carpet welcome for the drink’s reception. 

“Resilience, innovation, transformation and inclusion are all important themes for the TIARAs, and all of these have been demonstrated by this year’s winners,” said Alex Evans, Managing Director of TALiNT Partners. “The pace of change in recruitment, and growth in the MENA region, has accelerated so much that only those recruiters with the right vision and capability to adapt have been able to capitalise on demand whilst building the foundations for sustained success.” 

Mitchell Franklin, Founder of UMATR was awarded The Leader of the Year Award. The judges saw Mitchell as a worthy winner as he demonstrated authentic leadership in driving innovation and investment in people to deliver exceptional client and candidate service that has supported scale. 

  “Those shortlisted this year are championing recruitment as a professional service and demonstrating true excellence, game-changing innovation, and stellar growth,” said Andy Daniel, Global Partnerships Director at TALiNT Partners. “The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigour and transparency of its judging process and elevated further by the quality and diversity of our judges – making a TIARA a powerful endorsement.” 

The full list of 2023 TIARA Recruitment Award winners and highly commended is as follows:   

The Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year  

  • Winner – VHR 
  • Highly Commended – UMATR 

The Contract Recruitment Company of the Year  

  • Winner – VHR  

The Client Service Award  

  • Winner – Salt 
  • Highly Commended – UMATR 

The Growth Recruitment Company of the Year  

  • Winner – VHR 
  • Highly Commended – NES Fircroft 

The DE&I Award  

  • Winner – Mark Williams 

The Best Recruitment Company for Emiratisation  

  • Winner – Mark Williams Recruitment  

The Candidate Experience Award  

  • Winner – VHR 

The Talent Solutions Company of the Year  

  • Winner – Marc Ellis 

The Best Recruitment Company to Work For (Under 50 Employees) 

  • Winner – JBAndrews 
  • Highly Commended – VHR 

The Best Recruitment Company to Work For (Over 50 Employees) 

  • Winner – Marc Ellis 

The Leader of the Year  

  • Winner – Mitchell Franklin, Founder at UMATR