Alchemy Technology Services ranked number 11 on the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women List 2021

Anne O’Neill (Head of HR), Katie Forrest (HR Assistant), Lauren Baker (Resource Manager)

Congratulations to Diversity Mark signatory Alchemy Technology Services who ranked number 11 of the female on the UK’s Best Workplaces for Women List 2021.

100% of the female workforce at Alchemy said, “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work”

This follows the company’s recent ranking as number 29 on the UK’s Best Workplaces List.

To make the list of Best Workplaces for Women, Alchemy had to meet additional criteria from their UK Best Workplaces recognition including having at least 25% women in the workforce, at least 25% of women in senior positions and at least 80% average positive survey responses from the female workforce. 

Considering factors such as daily encounters of innovation, inclusivity, company values, and the effectiveness of leaders, the women of Alchemy rated their workplace experience as consistently great. 100% of the female workforce at Alchemy said, “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work” and on average, rated the company 93% across the board.

John Colwell, Board Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion said, “We have always been proactive about ensuring we have a female workforce who feel supported and secure in their roles. The Tech industry is renowned for having few women in roles at all levels, so we are delighted to see that our efforts are paying off and that we have a higher-than-average female to male ratio and women in Leadership at Alchemy.”

Anne O’Neill, Head of HR said, “It is so important that we not only create an environment where our female employees are treated fairly and equitably but that we lay the groundwork to ensure that young women and girls coming through school and higher education feel that a successful and prosperous career in Tech is within their reach. We have been and will continue to be active within schools and various groups to break down stereotypes and ensure that young women feel empowered to consider and are supported to pursue IT as a career.”

Alchemy have already achieved the Bronze Award Accreditation with Diversity Mark which is a “Mark of Progress” that publicly declares their commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion across the organisation. Through this process they established targets to review all policies and procedures for gender bias, increase the percentage of women in the workplace and through engagement with external bodies supporting gender equality, encourage and support women to become more confident and successful.

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Alchemy Technology Services reach no. 29 On UK’s Best Workplaces List


Bronze Accredited Alchemy Technology Services announced on Thursday that they had reached the top 30 on the UK’s Best Workplaces list.

Based on confidential employee surveys, Alchemy achieved some of the highest scores among the 183 companies listed with 97% of Alchemy employees saying that Alchemy was a “Great Place to Work”.

Alchemy Founder and CEO, John Harkin said, “We are delighted to have achieved a place on this year’s Best Workplaces List. We have worked hard to create a workplace where our people feel supported and valued, have the best opportunities for progression and can become the best versions of themselves. We have grown the company from 2 employees in 2018 to over 100 at the end of 2020 and we’re just getting started. We have two separate recruitment campaigns running at the moment due to client demand.

Our staff have progressed at an extraordinary rate, some doubling their salaries in 2 years through promotions and progressions and the majority seeing anywhere between a 25-50% pay rise at the end of their first year with us. We have proved we have industry leading opportunities and salaries for people locally.”

100% of Alchemy employees surveyed said “When you join the organisation, you are made to feel welcome.” While 98% said “I’m proud to tell others I work here.”

Head of Human Resources, Anne O’Neill said, “We are very proud of this achievement. We have a very unique working culture at Alchemy and I think that has driven our success, both in achieving a place on the Best Workplaces list and as a business. We are progressive and quite different in how we do things. As we have a flat structure, we have developed a coaching and mentoring culture to support and develop our employees.  We have also developed a system of progression which is open and transparent.

What makes it different from traditional promotion processes is that there is no limit on the number of people who can be promoted at any time. Very simply if you make the grade, you get the reward, creating an environment that is collaborative and supportive as there is no competition for roles. It puts the individual firmly in control of their own career path.”

Alchemy launched in Derry/Londonderry in September 2018 and have since held 6 Assured Skills Academies. They are currently recruiting experienced insurance software professionals for senior roles as well as graduates for their 7th Academy. More information can be found at www.alchemytechs.com/careers

Congratulations to all the team at Alchemy from Diversity Mark.