Tech focus sees bet365 expand its Manchester footprint

Online operator bet365 has unveiled plans to expand its Manchester footprint, creating 100 new tech jobs in the region.

The company has detailed that it will look to maximise the city’s vibrant graduate culture when it comes to employment for its new offices, which will be based in Spring Gardens.

Warren Hughes, head of systems development for bet365 in Manchester, commented on the expansion: “Manchester is a competitive marketplace. One where developers frequently move from company to company on what I call the Northern Carousel.

“Growing our team to meet the demands of the business is key but doing so in a sustainable way that ensures longevity is crucial. Certainly, we’ve enjoyed rapid growth since we came to the City 2 years ago but what’s equally encouraging is our ability to retain the talent we recruit.”

He added: “When we looked at the Manchester market, it was clear that job hopping was the developers’ way of trying to achieve their career goals. Our fast growth and the amplification of the excellent working culture established in Stoke, has delivered organic progression and enabled us to buck this trend. Growth brings opportunity and we ensure our people are clear on their career path and that we are serious about promoting from within.

“The Manchester office was initially focused on expanding and supporting the software development function in Stoke, due to its success, we’ve taken the decision to broaden our remit further and have now started to recruit for infrastructure positions.

“We entered Manchester with a view to starting small and strong by taking on experienced developers who could deliver quickly, as the department has matured, we feel we are ideally placed to bring junior developers and graduates into an environment where they will have strong mentorship through these earlier and important stages of their career.”

He concluded by outlining that: “This is no longer a small gathering of developers but a software development function that has matured and seen every team grow significantly with developers, testers, analysts and project managers now present. As we continue to expand and look to open our fifth floor in Spring Gardens, we aim to keep the bar high and bring in people that are passionate about technology and delivery.”