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5th Jan, 2024

Chris Adcock
Chris Adcock
Job Title
Managing Director, Technology

What is a sustainable talent pool?

A sustainable talent pool refers to a group of skilled professionals interested in joining your business who possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to support your company's long-term business goals. It consists of a mix of active and passive candidates, past applicants, and former employees. The ‘sustainable’ element refers to the continual replenishment of talent, meaning the pool is not dependent on any one individual.

Why is it so important in technology?

It’s important for tech firms to have a sustainable talent pool to ensure continued growth and success and to meet business demands. Technology is a rapidly evolving field, and companies need professionals eager to keep their skills up to date and ready to develop innovative solutions. A sustainable talent pool ensures you have the right people in place to meet your technology demands and remain competitive in the market.

It is also important to retain tech knowledge. Highly skilled professionals who possess special expertise and experience are valuable assets. By retaining these employees, you can ensure their knowledge remains within your organisation.

Ultimately, tech businesses rely heavily on innovation for their own success and to remain attractive to prospective employees. A sustainable talent pool of skilled professionals can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to your company, and through careful planning, you can foster a culture of innovation and creativity.

Five ways to build a sustainable talent pool

With the competition for skilled and diverse talent increasing, it is essential to adopt strategies that attract, develop, and retain top talent. Here are five effective ways to build and maintain a sustainable talent pool to support your growth and success:

Offer competitive remuneration packages

One of the most important factors in attracting and retaining skilled technology professionals is the compensation package. Businesses need to offer competitive salaries and benefits which might include private health insurance, generous pension schemes, bonuses, and other perks. A well-compensated workforce is more likely to stay with a company, reducing the cost of hiring and training new employees. To find out what salaries and benefits you should be offering, download our free 2024 technology salary guide.

Foster a positive work culture

In addition to remuneration, a positive work culture is essential. Tech professionals are in high demand and can be selective about the companies they work for. Businesses need to create a culture that values innovation, creativity, and teamwork, ideally with flexible working arrangements, opportunities for professional development, and a supportive and collaborative environment.

Provide training and development opportunities

Technology is constantly evolving, and businesses need to invest in training and development to ensure their employees are properly skilled and up to date with the latest changes. This investment also shows a company’s commitment to their employees’ professional growth.
Development might include on-the-job training, workshops, access to online courses, and mentoring programmes. Reed’s Women in Technology Mentoring Programme connects women at any stage of their technology career with an external mentor, offering tailored guidance and support, helping them to realise their potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Partner with educational institutions

Businesses can also develop a sustainable technology talent pool by partnering with educational institutions. This can include providing internships, sponsoring research projects, and participating in career fairs. By building these relationships, you can identify and attract potential talent early, providing students with opportunities to gain real-world experience and develop their skills.

Be a diverse and inclusive employer

There has long been a lack of diversity within the technology sector. Historical gender biases, a lack of access to education and resources for underrepresented groups, and a culture that values technical skills over soft skills and diverse perspectives, all played a role in this. Efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry are ongoing, but there is still more that can be done.

Implementing policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion, such as unconscious bias training, diversity and inclusion committees, and employee resource groups can foster a more inclusive culture, simultaneously attracting a wider pool of talent and creating a happier and more productive workforce.

If you are looking for a talented tech professional to join your team, get in touch with our specialist consultants today.