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An expat's view of Reward in Tech

An expat's view of Reward in Tech

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Selena Farooqi HR Insights

Having recently joined Frazer Jones to spearhead our reward offering to Commerce and Industry firms, we have diversified our client portfolio to facilitate reward moves in start-up businesses including Tech, Media and FinTech. In a candidate driven market, Reward Directors have bemoaned the fact that gifted Reward Analysts are increasingly tricky to find.

We have therefore been partnering with our International Offices from New York to Australia to source Reward and Analytics talent who are open to an international move to London. This has allowed our clients to have access to a larger pool of specialists in difficult to recruit professions such as reward, compensation and benefits.

One of these success stories is Cameron Russell, who recently made the move from Australia to the UK and has joined Deliveroo as a Global Reward Analyst.

Deliveroo is a British start up headquartered in London. Its aim is to change the way people enjoy their favourite meals by delivering them straight to their door. Having grown exponentially in the last four years in to several markets across multiple continents, Deliveroo are changing the face of food delivery.

With their ever-expanding employee and customer base, Deliveroo are focusing on developing their reward proposition globally. We caught up with Cameron to find out more.

What made you pursue a career in reward and how did you career progress while you were in Australia?

Reward is such a niche field, coupled with the ability to work across multiple markets/countries - how can you go wrong?! I'd had a number of roles with an Australian company over many years which provided great opportunities and experience, but I've always had the desire to see what else was out there.

What made you move to the UK?

The weather of course! My grandfather was born in the UK so I am fortunate to have access to an ancestry visa. This opportunity enabled me to challenge my skills in new markets and take advantage of exploring the UK/Europe without having to travel 24 hours first.

Does reward differ in the UK from Australia?

There are subtle differences but ultimately the principles are very much aligned so the transition is not too painful. Doing additional research as well as collaborating with your new colleagues/networks fast tracks the learning process and enables you to get up to speed quickly.

How did you find the job search and who did you contact to help in your search?

I was referred to Frazer Jones as a leader in the Reward field which was quickly proven to be true, but what I was most surprised by was the professional and personal approach from Selena and the rest of the team. Having experience as both a hiring manager and candidate, I can honestly say the standard of service was exceptional.

What advice would you give those looking for a role in the UK?

My advice is to do your homework (visa/sponsorship, employment, living etc.) and to talk with as many people as you can - you never know where a simple conversation leads.

What attracted you to Deliveroo?

The chance to join a recognisable global business and play a role in shaping an international reward offering was the key attraction. The businesses' appetite for innovation is extremely high and as it is such a young company - you really do have the ability to have an immediate impact.

What projects are you working towards at the moment?

We're working on a number of projects including the development of a new compensation framework, implementation of an automated compensation tool and also a review of the employee benefit offering. Balancing these projects in addition to your everyday reward tasks certainly makes for a challenging operating environment!

What would your advice be to those thinking of joining a Tech start up?

The pace at any start up is at an extremely high level, understanding and embracing this fact as well as being agile in your approach to work is the key to finding your feet quickly.