Mission: To make betting and gaming better. Vision: To be the best digital business.
STAFF ARE ON a winning streak at online bookmaker Sky Betting & Gaming, which has risen 27 places in this year’s survey. Last year revenues at the Leeds-based outfit increased by 51% to £363.6m and the payroll grew by more than a third to 1,079 employees.
The venture began life in 1999 when a group of Harrogate entrepreneurs created the Sports Internet Group. This was bought by BskyB — now Sky — a year later for £300m. It developed an interactive sports betting service, added other online gambling businesses and is now 80% owned by the private equity group CVC Capital Partners.
Work here isn’t done in teams but in tribes, including one for those just starting their careers. Last year, the firm organised a freshers’ fortnight for the more than 40 graduate trainees, who undertook tasks as varied as volunteering at a horse sanctuary and securing a selfie with chief executive Richard Flint.
Staff are happy with their pay — typically £39,000 a year for software engineers, including bonus — and benefits, a 71% positive score. They also believe they receive fair remuneration relative to others in similar positions elsewhere (60%).
Everyone has Bupa private healthcare, there’s a subsidised gym, free head and neck massages as well as bicycles for short-term hire and access to a digital doctor service. Few here feel their health suffers because of work (78%).
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