Attracting and developing talent


Attracting and developing talent

As we continue our growth through the delivery of high value services, the importance of attracting, developing and retaining the right people has never been greater.  In the digital technology skills market, where demand outstrips supply we have worked relentlessly to build a strong employer brand, culture, inclusive working practices, adopt innovative recruitment routes and explore alternative delivery models.

To secure additional high-quality talent for our growing Microsoft Dynamics businesses, we launched an initiative in partnership with Microsoft, that recruits experienced technologists from competing platforms.  The “Grow Your Own” programme combines intensive product training with mentoring and support from our experienced team.  This year we continued to build on the success of our Digital Modern Apprentices initiative with our first four Modern Apprentices successfully completing the programme.

Investing in people

One of the key levers we have to attract and retain talent in a competitive market is the outstanding working environments we create.  Following the investment made in our flagship Glasgow office we remodelled our Inverurie office creating an environment people love working in and giving us additional capacity to recruit in this region.

Another significant investment in FY2019 was the further enhancement of our employee benefits package.  This increases maternity and paternity leave, gives employees the option of buying and selling holidays and confirms our commitment to flexible and home working.

We have placed a spotlight on mental health and wellbeing offering Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) training to all Incrementalists.  The 2-day NHS Health Scotland certified course teaches skills for providing initial help to people experiencing thoughts of suicide or mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

Driving diversity and inclusion

With 45% of Incrementalists being female, we are proud of the working practices (including part time and flexible working) and role models (40% of our leadership team is female) we have created that are key to achieving this gender diversity.  Initiatives including our Women Returners Programme launched last year and new programmes like our Data Science Bootcamp, which aims to attract more females into data science, have also been a success.

But, there is still a long way to go.  This year we will build on our early successes, widening initiatives to reach more individuals with disabilities, in ethnic minority groups and LGBTQ+ communities and continue to focus on where we can do more.

Building the community

Incremental is committed to supporting the community and digital economy.  We offer our events and meeting space free of charge to qualifying organisations and community groups.  In FY2019 we welcomed almost 1,500 external guests through our doors to learn, network and experience Incremental.

Our partnership with Digital Xtra Fund, the charity delivering extracurricular computing and digital tech activities to young people, continued to flourish during FY2019.  Our Incrementalists enjoyed volunteering opportunities including supporting and judging schoolchildren’s app, machine learning and IoT ideas at an Apps for Good event and setting an AI challenge at this year’s national Celebration of STEM event for schools at Glasgow Science Centre.