Women at Version 1
Fostering an inclusive environment for all
Empowering Equality is a Key Focus at Version 1
We seek the best person for every role – this means the person whose skills best match the job and who can best further our Mission and live our Core Values, regardless of their age, race, religion, identity or gender. Since launching our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Programme, one of Version 1’s key focuses has been to increase the number of women working here. As anyone working to advance gender-balance and diversity in their organisation would know, it’s notoriously slow to implement major changes in achieving balance. However, we are delighted that we have seen a marked increase since we began our journey. So far, our efforts have resulted in:
- 93% of our staff agree that people at Version 1 are treated fairly regardless of their gender, age, race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability.
- 88% of Version 1 staff agree with the statement “I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position”.
- 67% of senior management promotions went to women over the last year.
- Over 35% of our internal rotations were female employees in the last 12 months, opening up new opportunities for women across the business.
- Our Shadow Board aimed to be a bridge to inclusivity with 46% of its members being female in 2020.
While we are not where we want to be yet in terms of gender balance, we believe with consistent effort and change, the dial will continue to move towards a more gender-balanced workplace.
Great Place to Work for Women
We aim to go above and beyond to ensure that the women in our workforce are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities; where they can take the time off they need to attend to childcare or other family commitments; and where they are encouraged, empowered and supported to do their best work.
Version 1 is delighted to support diverse events from Girls Who Code, School Reach Out, Women’s ReBoot, Sponsoring the Women In Tech Initiative at the Women in Tech Awards and STEM Ambassador Programme to Women in IT. This year we are delighted to have been recognised as a Great Place to Work for Women award in both the UK and Ireland, something that really validated our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts to date.
Please take a look at some of our Women at Version 1 initiatives and projects below.
Recent Accolades for our Equality Efforts:
- GPTW FOR WOMEN 7TH PLACE UK 2022
- GPTW FOR WOMEN 2ND PLACE IRELAND 2022
- BEST LARGE COMPANY FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IRISH NEWS AWARDS 2022
- MENOPAUSE WORKPLACE PLEDGE 2022
- CERTIFIED: GPTW 2ND BEST PLACE TO WORK IN IRELAND '22
- WINNER: LORNA MCADOO, IT BUSINESS LEADER - WOMEN IN TECH AWARDS 2019
International Women's Day 2022 & A GPTW for Women!
International Women's Day came shortly after we were certified as one of Ireland's best places to work for Women in 2022 by Great Place to Work! To celebrate we our first Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, Chloë Gillard, to learn more about the challenges of growing a diverse and inclusive workspace, and how you can overcome them.Read our IWD Blog: Grown a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace
Gender Pay Gap Reports
Established in 2017, the “gender pay gap” is the difference between the average hourly rate of pay between male employees and female employees. And at Version 1 we are committed to tackling inequality in our offices in any way we can. Ensuring that we foster an environment that has Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIBs) intersected into all that we do, and is central to achieving a great workplace and delivering well-rounded diverse business solutions for our customers.Read the Reports
SWAN Site & Charter Launch
In February 2021 we launched the #StartsWithaName charter and dedicated website, recognising the role of a person’s name as a unique expression of identity that is to be respected, valued, explored and celebrated within an inclusive society. Signing the charter encourages organisations to learn to say each other’s given or chosen names properly, even when it pushes us outside of our cultural norms and comfort zones.Sign the Charter
"How The Future Works" Podcast
Our Head of Legal and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead, Aoibhe Cantwell, recently joined Eleanor and Barry Matthews on the "How The Future Works" podcast. The conversation covered the impact of the pandemic on Diversity and Inclusion, the importance of acceptance and belonging in the workplace and Version 1's Starts With A Name (SWAN) initiative.Listen on Spotify
10 Version 1 Women Share Their Top Career Highlights
Since launching our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Programme, one of Version 1’s key focuses has been to increase the number of women working here. With this in mind, we asked 10 female members of our team from various locations to share their favourite experiences at Version 1, including what they love about working here.Read Blog
Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech
In recognition of Black History Month Honey-Bell Oke from our team took part in a panel discussion talking about the Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech, a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging event sponsored by Version 1. Honey-Bell also did an insightful interview with Sync NI chatting about her positive experiences working at Version 1 and the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for all.Read Article
Career Insights from our Female UK Digital & Cloud Team Members
We have an array of fantastic opportunities available on our UK Digital & Cloud Solutions team at present, so we recently decided to ask the team why anyone should join a career in tech alongside them. Featured fantastic female talent from across our offices, this video campaign, linked below, provides great insights and tips for anyone looking to join Version 1.Watch Now
Listed in Top 10 Great Places to Work for Women
For the second time Version 1 has been named as a Best Workplace for Women. This award recognises organisations that have been able to put practices and programmes in place to build their pipeline of female talent and convert that pipeline into opportunities for growth and development. We are proud to continuously develop a diversified great workplace culture for all.Learn More
Belonging at Version 1
Belonging is now at the centre of the conversation in the Diversity & Inclusion space at Version 1. Our expectations of work are changing; you can have all the diversity in the world, but you won't thrive unless you feel that you belong. We truly believe that belonging unifies people; we want to make sure every employee feels comfortable bringing their true selves to work so that they feel like they belong and have the opportunity to thrive here.Learn More
Proud Hosts of Geek Girl Dinner
Version 1 was delighted to host "The Agile Mindset" Geek Girl Dinner in Dogpatch Labs, Dublin in January 2020. This was an exciting and interactive panel discussion on lessons learned from Agile Project Management and Agile Software. The dinner highlighted the best approaches for the adoption of Agile and Lean thinking, pitfalls our panel may have seen in terms of implementing Agile and how to know if Agile is right for an organisation. Thanks to all for attending.Read More About the Night
Sponsorship of the Women in Tech Conference
Version 1 has been the proud sponsor of the Women in Tech Awards organised by Women in Business NI. This is an annual celebration of women and diversity in the technology industry. The awards aim to promote the success of female influencers in the tech industry, who in turn, can stimulate further dialogue around equality and inspire the millions of female tech enthusiasts around the world to become leaders in their own right.Learn More About Women in Business NI
Testimonials from our Team:
"I've had several positions throughout my 11-year career at Version 1, and have found little to no barriers to progression internally. Women are afforded equal opportunities when senior positions become available. It's all about grabbing the chances that come your way!"
"The Women's ReBoot process is a robust, well-resourced programme with a good balance between technical, coaching and practical skills. It has been a really great experience, and I am looking forward to continued career development and progress at Version 1."
"Having taken maternity leave during my time at Version 1, I found that my career bounced back immediately once I returned. There is equality throughout the organisation, meaning you can have a healthy work-life balance as both a mother and a successful businesswoman at the same time."
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