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Global IT services company launches major recruitment drive in North West

23 July 2021
IT services company Version 1 is in the process of bringing a wide range of highly skilled tech jobs to the North West.
 
Derry City and Strabane District Council is supporting the tech company as part of the Work Life Balanced campaign which aims to attract highly talented staff from all backgrounds to take up employment.
 
The range of multifaceted vacancies on offer include Business Analysts, Software Developers and QA Consultants.
 
With over 1,500 staff employed across the world, Version 1 prides itself on fostering a positive and welcoming atmosphere for all employees and is keen to emphasise its impressive record of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
 
The company has been officially named a ‘Great Place to Work’ for ten years in a row, a resounding endorsement of its culture of inclusion.
 
Lorna McAdoo, the company’s Director of Operations and Business Development NI, is a shining light for women in the tech industry.
 
Her list of achievements includes being among the Top 25 Women Leaders in Software of Europe for 2021.
 
She won the DTS Women in Tech IT Business Leader Award 2019 and led Version 1 to the Belfast Telegraph IT Company/Team of the Year 2019, as well as recently winning the Large Tech Company of the Year at the Digital DNA Awards earlier this month.
 
Lorna said: “For the past 25 years we have strived to deliver on three commitments. These include making a real difference for our customers, building an empowering culture for our people and growing a strong organisation for the future.
 
“These values allow life inside Version 1 to be symbolic of fairness, equality and meeting each other halfway.
 
“Balance is the Version 1 Difference and is our secret to a successful, inclusive workplace.
 
“I am proud to represent this company and I look forward to welcoming a talented and diverse range of new people to Version 1 in our North West recruitment campaign.”
 
These sentiments are echoed by Honey-Bell Oke, Technical Consultant and chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in Northern Ireland for Version 1.
 
The company’s track record on diversity and inclusion is impressive, and Honey-Bell firmly believes these roles are vital within corporations.
 
She said: “We have different people from different backgrounds but it’s also about belonging, as well as diversity and inclusion. Without the employees, you can’t have a company, so they need to feel a sense of belonging. The way I look at it, diversity and inclusion cover every single aspect of your work life. They cover your health and wellbeing, HR, and so many other things that most people don’t often realise.”
 
Kevin O’Connor, Head of Business at Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “It is excellent to see the cultural values that have been instilled at Version 1 over the years and Lorna has been absolutely integral to this process which we are only too happy to support.
 
“The North West is internationally renowned as a welcoming, vibrant and friendly place and Version 1 will fit in seamlessly here.
 
“This is an amazing opportunity to expand the existing talent pool in the IT industry within our council area who those who work here will experience the perfect work life balance.”
 
For more information on the Version 1 roles available in the North West and to apply, visit the Invest DS jobs portal at www.investderrystrabane.com/worklife.