Game on for women in digital at North East Tech company

North East | Technology
A selection of women working in tech at Bede Gaming in Gosforth

BEDE Gaming has launched an ambitious recruitment drive to fill 35 new positions at its Gosforth headquarters this summer, with a focus on attracting more women into the industry.

Opportunities are available across all levels and for people at any point in their career, from the more experienced to graduates, with roles including software engineers, degree apprentices, a business analyst and an account director.

Aiming to increase its workforce by 28%, encouraging women to consider a career in digital is high on the agenda in response to figures from Tech Nation’s 2018 report, which saw the North East as a region with one of the lowest proportions of female workers in the sector.

Although stats showed that only 15% of tech workers in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are women, Bede’s North East workforce is made up of 29% women; a 14% increase, as well as 10% up on the figures representing the whole of the UK (19%).

The company champions its culture as well as diversity, and offers flexible working and private healthcare, as well as perks such as personal mobile phones, free celebratory beers and team lunches.

Alex Butcher, managing director at Bede Gaming said: “Culture is key to everything we do at Bede – it’s vital for creating dynamic and inspiring working environments for all of our people, regardless of gender. It’s great to see Newcastle’s tech scene recognised in Tech Nation’s latest report, and Bede has contributed to the city’s growth.

“Clearly job opportunities are there to be taken, and we should all be playing our part in making these as accessible as possible to everyone. Women are represented across all areas of Bede, and helping to shape the company’s future.”

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