4 unique perks & selling points SMEs can use to attract tech talent

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 1st, 2023

4 unique perks & selling points SMEs can use to attract tech talent

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 1, 2023

For SME businesses, attracting top tech talent can be a real challenge, especially when competing against larger companies with deeper pockets and more resources. In this article, we will discuss the unique perks and selling points that SMEs can offer and leverage to win the war for tech talent.

  1. Remote work: Remote working is still a hot topic and many candidates will now only consider opportunities that offer workplace flexibility. As tech roles are often highly technical and can be performed remotely, offering a fully remote or hybrid work schedule can be a very attractive perk to candidates. A survey conducted by CWJobs in 2021 found that 59% of tech professionals surveyed said they would prefer to work from home at least some of the time even after the pandemic ends. This shows that the desire for remote work is also prevalent among tech workers in the UK.
  2. Access to a diverse range of projects: SMEs can often offer tech candidates the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects and technologies, this can be a major draw for those looking to gain more experience and build a varied skill set. If this is the case in your organisation, ensure that this is clearly communicated throughout the recruitment process. Engaged and talented tech professionals will want to work on a variety of projects that allow them to develop their skills and gain experience in different areas of their field. This level of intellectual stimulation can contribute to a greater sense of job satisfaction and be a key deciding factor when considering job opportunities.
  3. Autonomy and ownership: Giving tech employees the autonomy to take ownership of their work and projects can be a powerful motivator as it allows them to make an impact and see the results of their work more directly. In tech teams in SMEs, employees often have more autonomy and ownership over their work because they are typically working on smaller teams with fewer layers of management. In contrast, larger organisations often have more bureaucratic structures that can make it harder for individuals to feel a sense of ownership and autonomy over their work. No one likes red tape! Ensure to sell the fact that there will be more direct communication and collaboration with colleagues and the ability to make decisions and take ownership of projects more easily.
  4. Bespoke benefits package: While many SMEs may not be able to offer the same salary as their larger adversaries, they can definitely offer a more creative and bespoke package to secure the services of the best available tech talent. Quirky benefit ideas could include a work-from-anywhere policy, unlimited annual leave or paid sabbaticals. Perhaps it’s worth considering offering an educational stipend to provide an allowance for employees to pursue education or attend conferences in their field that can help them stay current with the latest trends and technologies.

 

In conclusion, SMEs can use these unique perks to differentiate themselves and attract the best tech talent. Offering remote work, access to diverse projects, autonomy and ownership and a bespoke benefits package are all important factors that can make an SME stand out in a competitive job market. While larger companies may have more resources and deeper pockets, SMEs can offer a more personalised and rewarding work environment that can attract top tech talent that can help their business achieve their goals.

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