his week, bet365 has announced it will open its first satellite technology office in Manchester’s Spring Gardens. The company is looking to recruit 50-70 people to support its development teams in Stoke-on-Trent, and their Manchester office will open in early May as the company delves into the process of recruiting candidates.
Dom Hawley, head of software development said: “It's difficult to recruit to one location when you have the demand for IT talent that bet365 does. We've found exceptional people in Stoke but it's clear that we now need to expand our operation outside of the local area to grow our development teams further.”
Manchester has been chosen for the first phase of bet365’s technology expansion because of its excellent reputation as a tech centre and strong commuter links and the rest of the North of England.
“Manchester was the obvious choice for establishing a blueprint for our growth. It has a superb technology culture.
"It's close enough to Stoke that people can move between offices if necessary and the commuter links are such that we may also attract people from further afield."
Employees will have the opportunity to help advance the company’s back office trading applications, User Interface, middleware and web development for its Sports and Gaming products.
“We will start in the areas where we have the work backlog but the remote office will be a great opportunity to extend resource across each of our product areas."
Warren Hughes will be the head of systems development in the Manchester office.
He said: “The recruitment in Manchester has started off extremely positive and is already proving to be a location that can offer us highly skilled software development professionals who are passionate about technology.
“We wanted to ensure we offered a range of work options as well as clear career progression. This is not going to be an unstructured group of remote workers engaged in autonomous tasks. They will be a fully integrated part of the bet365 business."