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DevOpsGroup scoops up prestigious diversity employer award from Chwarae Teg

We’re thrilled to have been awarded with Chwarae Teg’s prestigious Exemplar Employer Award as a leading business championing diversity in the workplace.

The award is offered as part of the Chwarae Teg Agile Nation report, which has been financed through the £12.5 million European Social Fund and Welsh Government.

It’s designed to recognise companies that are taking practical steps to create diverse and flexible working environments for employees.
This announcement comes as we recently re-branded from DevOpsGuys to DevOpsGroup in response to the growing diversity and continued expansion within our company.

We’re no longer just two guys – James Smith and Steve Thair – embarking on a journey to transform the way organisations innovate and deliver software.

Although our fiery passion remains untouched, we’re now a family of more than 70 people accelerating change in the technology world.

Our constantly evolving team is formed of people with wide-ranging perspectives, backgrounds and expertise. And after raising £3 million of investment from the Business Growth Fund, we expect our team to keep expanding.

Championing diversity

Jo Pontin, marketing manager at DevOpsGroup, believes that the award reflects the hard work we’re doing to improve gender diversity and help close the STEM skills gap.

“To be able to have achieved the Exemplar Employer Award with Chwarae Teg is a huge achievement,” she said.

“From starting with them two years ago to the position we’re at now, the changes we’ve been able to implement have really enriched the working environment and have helped us attract a diverse pool of talent.

“The award is a great physical representation of the things we’re doing on a day-to-day basis, and we want to keep demonstrating the importance of this award.

“As our company continues to grow, we want to keep attracting, retaining and nurturing people from all backgrounds and walks of life.”

Ryan Cullen, a people specialist at DevOpsGroup, said Chwarae Teg has been an integral partner over the past few years.

“This award is good recognition for some of the great things we’ve been doing to improve our gender diversity,” he said.

“For instance, we’ve been looking at the language of our job adverts to ensure they appeal to everyone, and our flexible working policy allows us to be more accommodating.

“By working with external organisations such as Chwarae Teg, we’re able to continually boost our diversity practices and ensure that every team member is given the opportunity to thrive at DevOpsGroup.”

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