Softwire

We strive to have a positive impact on people: colleagues, clients, users of our software, and everyone else.
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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.

Softwire has a diversity and inclusion working group whose regular meetings are attended by 20-30 employees, including around 30% of the executive group. The organisation sets diversity-in-recruitment targets on both gender and ethnicity; sponsors Women In Tech initiatives such as Code First Girls, and has introduced two new recruitment pipelines, Apprentices and Career Switchers.

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Giving Something Back

100% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Softwire support many charities via donations from individual fundraisers or events such as Charity Saturday. The organisation also offered pro-bono work for Tuntimo, a charity that aims to educate primary school-aged children on key historical black figures. Pizza 'n' programming sessions allowed employees to improve sections of Tuntimo's website.
Personal Growth

94% 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 followed by weekly off-project training for the first year.
Wellbeing

92% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Employees have access to Smart Health which provides 24/7 virtual GP and tailored online support for health checks, nutrition, and fitness, for staff and their families. The LifeWorks Employee Assistance Programme also provides 24/7 access to confidential counselling from a team of mental health specialists offering up to four therapy sessions.
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100% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Softwire support many charities via donations from individual fundraisers or events such as Charity Saturday. The organisation also offered pro-bono work for Tuntimo, a charity that aims to educate primary school-aged children on key historical black figures. Pizza 'n' programming sessions allowed employees to improve sections of Tuntimo's website.
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94% 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 followed by weekly off-project training for the first year.
Wellbeing
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92% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Employees have access to Smart Health which provides 24/7 virtual GP and tailored online support for health checks, nutrition, and fitness, for staff and their families. The LifeWorks Employee Assistance Programme also provides 24/7 access to confidential counselling from a team of mental health specialists offering up to four therapy sessions.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2000
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
30
Employee average age
66% : 34%
Male : Female employee ratio
90%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
We believe that work should be a positive and worthwhile experience. A big part of that is trust – we work hard to make Softwire a high trust environment where there is mutual trust between Softwire, its employees and clients. Employee engagement is crucial for creating that environment and it’s something in which we invest a lot of time, effort, and energy.

Andrew Thomas, Managing Director - Softwire

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