Posted on September 21, 2018 by staff

Tech firms ‘must think beyond salary’ to attract talent


Recruitment remains the number one challenge facing London’s booming tech sector.

The skills shortage has seen salaries spiral with over a third of digital tech businesses reporting that candidates are wanting more money than they can afford to pay.

BusinessCloud has joined forces with Oscar Technology for ‘The Tech Recruitment Timebomb’ event to look at the problem and what can be done to tackle it.

Speaking at the event is commercial director of events ticket marketplace Vibe Tickets Hannah Morris.

“In a candidate-driven market with an increase in demand for high salaries, tech businesses have to think beyond a salary to attract and hire the right talent,” she said.

“At Vibe we’ve found that the experience of being part of an inspiring culture and a place where employees can shape the future of our company is worth more than money.”

The event will discuss solutions to the issue including getting more women into tech, creating training academies and turning to automation.

Morris is also a firm believer that when it comes to finding the right people, skills can be learnt but attitude is inbuilt.

“I strongly believe in nurturing and developing junior talent and hiring for attitude rather than aptitude,” she said.

The event takes place on Wednesday 10th October from 5-7pm at etc.venues at Hatton Garden, London.

Joining her at the event is Eddie Lewis, co-founder, Final Stage; Chieu Cao, co-founder and CMO, Perkbox; Craig Brown, product marketing manager, Beamery; Vinous Ali, head of policy, techUK; Amina Ahmad, freelance tech start-up consultant; Michele Trusolino, co-founder, Debut;  Elaine Tyler, CEO, Venatrix;  Simon Burckhardt, managing director, Vonage UK; Tim Boughton, CTO and joint founder, Mention Me; Rija Javed, CTO, MarketInvoice; Sam Mikkelsen, client solutions director, Oscar Technology; and Benedetta Arese Lucini, co-founder, Oval Money.