Report: 84% of tech candidates want to work for climate leaders, not laggards

A new report by Talent finds an overwhelming majority of tech candidates want to work for climate leaders, not laggards.

The WfC Editors
October 18, 2022
3 min read
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In the digital age, most businesses rely on technology to survive and adapt. A new report by Talent shows that the employees keeping the proverbial tech wheels on the bus are demanding sustainable practices from their potential employers.

 Consider this: three-and-a-half years ago, most people didn’t know what Zoom was. Credit card payments only overtook cash payments in Australia eight years ago. And 15 years ago, self-scanning your groceries at the supermarket was a completely novel act. Needless to say, technology and the industry behind it are fundamentally changing the way we live and work. Tech skills are more in demand for employers than ever before.

 A new report from Talent, a specialist tech, digital and IT recruitment company committed to creating a better world of work, has found that environmental sustainability is an important consideration for tech candidates around the globe.

 Talent surveyed over 400 global employers and tech candidates to get a pulse check on what candidates want, what employers are delivering, and how the sustainability movement is influencing the hiring market.

 Here are some of the juiciest findings:

  • 84% of candidates say that it’s important for them to work for a company that prioritises environmental sustainability.
  • 59% of candidates say that a company’s commitment to environmental sustainability influences whether or not they accept a job offer. Interestingly enough, the same percentage of companies are either neutral or disagree that their sustainability efforts have this impact.
  • 82% of candidates feel that businesses have an obligation to minimise their environmental impact and 91% of companies agree, but 50% of candidates feel that companies are currently not doing enough in this space.

You can access the full report here.

The key takeaway is that a good sustainability strategy is not a ‘nice to have’ or something that can be left to the bottom of the list; it’s a key driver for attracting the tech talent your business needs to transform and thrive. And it hammers home that more and more employees are turning their backs on companies that neglect their environmental responsibilities.

If that’s not a business case to accelerate climate action, what is? 

If your business relies on tech to operate or evolve, you could always share this article with your colleagues or boss. If you want to fix the future faster, we have plenty of resources on how you can take climate action at work.

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