Derivco is a success story

Derivco Isle of Man is sponsoring the award for Innovation and Independent Thinking at this year’s Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence. Julie Blackburn takes a look at what it’s like to work in ‘techie heaven’ 
You can’t help but be inspired by a visit to Derivco. There is a real buzz about the place, from the vibrant game graphics on the wall to the relaxed dress code (flip flops aplenty) and the chill area where colleagues gather for a coffee and chat. The work is done in a large open plan office with multiple screens on each desk and laptops standing by as well. The very best technology for the very best IT technicians, people who are at the top of their game. This, quite simply, is techie heaven. But make no mistake there’s complete commitment too – everyone is keeping an eye on the big screens on the wall that indicate a potential system interruption, allowing the team to pre-empt system failure. 
Because the team of technical specialists on the island, working closely with Derivco offices around the globe, is there to ensure that Microgaming’s software and systems are delivered to gaming operators flawlessly, 24 hours a day, every day. The two companies are closely associated; Microgaming, in effect, is Derivco’s customer. In turn, Microgaming’s customers are a range of betting and online gaming sites, offering everything from sportsbetting and roulette, to bingo and slot games. 
With over 500 gaming brands on Microgaming’s books, Derivco has plenty of work to keep them busy. There are a number of different teams in the office, ranging from Tech Ops and Casino, to HR and Admin Support. And as the industry continues to grow, as is the company itself. This means that they are recruiting furiously: there are currently 15 vacancies at Derivco covering a variety of IT roles. 
‘We brought around 50 staff and their families over here from South Africa in December 2012 to set up the company – now we have over 90 people working here – we’ve almost doubled in four years,’ explains Sean. Derivco will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this December. They have largely grown by employing local talent; 42 per cent of the current workforce are IOM workers. If you have the skills, they have the benefits: not just competitive salaries but huge training opportunities, free lunches and gym as well. Plus the chance to work somewhere that’s genuinely cutting edge: ‘Our technical people deal with the most complex issues. Their job is to solve problems, find answers and implement solutions. ‘What you learn working here in a year you wouldn’t be able to learn anywhere else in two years – it’s an incredibly fast-paced atmosphere,’ says Sean. Personal development is a real focus for the company, and their values of ownership, passion and care underpin every instance of success. What’s more, they are always looking at ways to develop the skills they can use on the island, working with local organisations such as MICTA, to inspire individuals to start a career in IT here. 
They are not only investing in their own people, but the island too. As a company that is continually innovating Sean says that it was ‘completely apt’ that Derivco should be sponsoring the award for Innovation and Independent Thinking at this year’s Awards. Derivco was itself a proud finalist in this category last year: ‘You need the freedom we have found on the island to be able to flourish and to innovate and achieve excellence.’ 
Are you entering this year’s Awards? Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence offers 16 awards categories, including Innovation and Independent Thinking. There are categories for companies of all sizes, individuals, public sector teams and charitable and community organisations. Entries close on Monday, September 26. You will find full details of all the categories and entry forms to download at

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