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Celebrating 10 years of APSCo membership and recruitment compliance

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Celebrating 10 years of APSCo membership and recruitment compliance

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 3 years ago
  • Author: Joanne George

​NRL are delighted to be celebrating 10 years as a member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). To ensure high standards are upheld within the recruitment industry, every three years members of APSCo are required to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment - which audits their approach to compliance.

With NRL recently invited to take part, APSCo review how members operate their businesses - as well as how they execute their recruitment activities. The risk assessment is designed to check organisations are working compliantly.

A rewarding audit

As NRL support clients with both permanent and temporary recruitment solutions, all engagement models were reviewed – including a deep dive into in-house contractor payroll operations. With the contractor payroll team supporting a PAYE weekly pay run as well as Umbrella and PSC arrangements, extensive lines of question were required. Topics such as Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) and IR35 were covered, as well as recruitment essentials such as Right to Work checks.

Upon completion NRL were delighted to pass the risk assessment, having proven to APSCo that they meet the necessary requirements in over 70 different areas.

Discussing the risk assessment Joanne George Head of Compliance for NRL’s Sunderland branch said:

“We’re delighted to have successfully passed this compliance audit in our tenth year as an APSCo member.

We place a lot of pride in operating compliantly, ethically and with complete transparency. It’s extremely rewarding to see that our own exacting standards are being upheld. Our clients, contractors and candidates expect it from us, and we work hard to ensure we deliver it in everything we do.”


The successful audit follows NRL’s compliance-led recruitment solutions reaching the finals of the Recruiter Award’s 2021 Most Effective Back Office Operation award category and TALiNT International Recruitment Awards' Back Office Team of the Year 2021 shortlist.

10 years of growth

Reflecting on the ten years of APSCo membership, the recruitment business has grown considerably over the decade.

Welcoming new offices through acquisition and expansion and introducing new services such as strategic purchasing to support clients with fast turnaround of project supplies, travel and accommodation.

Most recently, NRL launched recruitment operations in Ireland in 2020 to meet growing client demand. As well as building on their continued focus to grow sector expertise in dominant Irish industry sectors such as Advanced Facilities, Life Sciences and Residential Housing.

The number of colleagues within the business has also increased over the past ten years, growing from just 47 employees across the regional branches and operations to 61. Whilst revenue increased from £69.52m in 2011, to £154.36m, as reported in the latest 2020 audited accounts.

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