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  • Year established:
    1993
  • Website:
    http://www.chessict.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Chess Ict, Bridgford House, Heyes Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, United Kingdom, SK9 7JP
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About Chess

Chess are one of the UK's leading telecoms, cyber security and ICT end to end solution providers, helping over 30,000 businesses grow through innovative technology and expert advice.

Keen for internal development and progression, Chess introduced a new initiative ('Learn to Earn') to encourage employees to develop their knowledge and skills and in doing so progress their careers at Chess. This initiative enables Chess employees to increase their earning potential by achieving clearly defined learning milestones.

Chess provide people with no qualifications or lack of previous experience a fresh start. The organisation takes young people from the Prince's Trust on work placements and has also given them paid employment. Every quarter, Chess provide a 'welcome to work day,' where they also support them with interview skills and mock interviews.

Chess are proud to be flexible in supporting their employees with anything that may be impacting their life outside of work. After becoming aware that more employees deal with carer responsibilities in some way, Chess formed a group of 'carer champions' with a private forum on Microsoft Teams where they can share experiences and advice.

Chess operates an ‘ECO’ team to encourage environmentally friendly activities in the organisation, which have brought about a significant increase in waste recycling and reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill. They also operate a car share group on Yammer which supports employees in car sharing so they can travel between sites without impacting the environment.


What is it like to work for Chess

My Manager
My Manager
Every employee has a monthly 1-2-1 at Chess. This happens within the first 2 weeks of the month, it's a time to focus on what went well and discuss any challenges. Everyone scores their manager out of 5 on our engage tool. If this score is 3 or below this is addressed immediately, and measures put in place to support both the manager and the team member.
My Team
My Team
Chess hold a company wide conference in Manchester each year, which is a central location for all of their offices. Travel and accommodation for those who travel from the more distant offices are covered by the organisation. They hear inspirational speeches from Directors while people who have celebrated anniversary milestones or special achievements are recognised and an exciting holiday draw is made. It is is an opportunity for all teams at Chess to come together and get to know each other face to face.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Chess continue to focus on reducing paper and plastic use across the organisation. There are recycling rotas at each site to ensure teams play their part. 

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here

Benefits:

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees have more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    24%

  • Staff Turnover:

    29%

  • Average Age:

    37

  • Staff:

    455

  • UK sites:

    6

  • Male : Female:

    67% / 33%

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