Softwire

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http://www.softwire.com

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The Softwire ethos is that happy and inspired employees deliver the best results for customers. The company backs this up with a generous bonus package that sees 50% of profits distributed to staff every year.

Other benefits include an annual company holiday for the whole team and their partners, an on-site gym, free snacks and drinks, health insurance and generous critical illness cover.

Softwire is a leading digital delivery business, offering consultancy, bespoke software development and support. It has more than 200 staff in London, Cambridge and Manchester serving customers such as the NHS, David Lloyd Clubs, the BBC and big names in financial services.

The company hires mainly graduates, and as part of that strategy it sponsors university societies. Once on board, the young talent benefits from its promote-from-within strategy.

The senior leadership strive to be open and approachable. The managing director runs a fortnightly Q&A session where he provides an update on the company's performance and answers questions on any topic from any member of the team. All directors are available for one-to-ones with employees.

After the pandemic started, a weekly surveying tool was introduced for staff to rate how they felt about the company's response and to raise concerns, if necessary.

Morale was kept up with remote events, usually at least one daily during the week, such as gaming evenings and film nights. Fifteen-minute meditation sessions were held each afternoon.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

97% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation


Outstanding achievement awards are presented at the company meetings held every quarter. The awards, worth £500, are usually handed to four to six members of the team and are based on the work they have done and feedback from clients.

Personal Growth

96% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

A mentoring scheme with internal and external training has helped to upskill about 20 members of staff. Softwire also has an extensive new starter training programme, with a six-week bootcamp initially followed by weekly off-project training for the first year.

Giving Something Back

100% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Softwire offers time off for charitable activities and also offers sabbaticals. The company and staff support Camden Giving, which has a mission to end poverty and inequality, and work with Code First Girls. During the pandemic, the charity budget was used to prepare meals for refugee families and homeless people.

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