Social Value

Over the course of the past three decades, the people that have made up the team have either been very senior and respected in their specialist field of national security and law enforcement, or fairly new to the world of IT, coming from working in retail or straight out of university.

The work of our senior partners and associates helps make the country a safer place to live, work and do business.

Our recruitment approach makes a local economic impact by providing hi-tech, higher paid jobs to those that might not naturally find a way into the digital workplace.

In tackling economic inequality, one of our goals is to provide more of these job roles that can be fulfilled by those living near to our facility at the Dorset Innovation Park, especially in central and West Dorset where the economic conditions are not promising as to the East in the BCP Council area.

Recruitment across Dorset is difficult for every sector. We bring in experienced contractors from further afield where those roles cannot be filled by the local employment market. Through hybrid working arrangements, we can still contribute to the local economy by using local hotels and hospitality businesses.

As a small business, we are still learning how to improve our approach to equal opportunities. One achievement we have made is to gain the Disability Confident Employer status, which is a scheme promoted by the Department for Work and Pensions encouraging employers to think differently about disability and to make their recruitment processes more accessible. In a changing workforce environment, it is so important that we broaden our view of potential candidates.

In a DWP report for the financial year 21/22, 24% of the total population had a reported disability. By employers making reasonable adjustments, we can begin to make a difference.

X-Net has made a commitment to pay at least the living wage for its staff and contractors. We are awaiting final certification from the Living Wage Foundation.

Coming out of Covid-19, we recognise the importance of a workplace and its impact to the wellbeing of the workforce. We have embarked on a project, working with third party experts, to improve the staff offering and pathways for development.

The core data centre services team follow a 4-days on and 4-days off shift pattern, which we see as providing a flexible approach to work-life balance. For others, the option to work from home is also a flexible option for work that does not need to be carried out on-site.

As a business, our directors support local events, and regional forums, championing social and health causes, supporting SEND careers fairs, adding its voice to the business community in a bid to bring more investment, jobs and prosperity to where we are based. X-Net may open up new sites nationally and our approach to social value will be at the core of building that presence.

  • Disability Confident Employer status
  • Real Living Wage Employer accreditation
  • Flexible working and shift patterns
  • Dorset Ambassador (Dorset LEP)
  • Bournemouth and Poole College - Director sits on Commercial Project Group