A SENSE OF BELONGING
Softcat is an inclusive company where you can enjoy the career you want, without changing the person you are. We believe that the ability to bring your real self to work enables you to do your best work.
We’re passionate about promoting greater diversity in the tech sector and creating a workplace and culture where all of our employees feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to be their authentic selves.
Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility – from senior executives to our newest apprentices. And what we’re achieving today is just the beginning. We promise to champion diversity and inclusion for all minority groups with ongoing learning and training, as well as career progression opportunities for everyone.
Our flagship resource group works on initiatives to improve gender balance in all levels of our business at Softcat and attract more women into technology. Improving this can only be done through attraction and recruitment of more women and ensuring that once inside Softcat, they are able to forge a successful career with us.
The BAME network fosters a multicultural environment which celebrates and educates on different cultures and backgrounds. It provides a safe and supportive space for employees to share their challenges, experiences and learning. It also actively works to ensure employees from ethnic minorities and different backgrounds have equal access to all opportunities.
The main objective of this network is to deliver sexual orientation and gender identity equality across Softcat. It works closely with straight ‘Allies’ just as much as our LGBTQ+ colleagues to ensure we are inclusive and that every employee can bring their whole self to work.
From flexible working patterns to fit around childcare schedules and home schooling, to giving parents an additional half day holiday on the day their child starts school for the first time, our Family network helps to promote a culture where current and future parents, and carers, can feel prepared, supported and empowered to balance work responsibilities and family life.
The Softcat Veterans network provides support and sharing experiences for employees who are Veterans, Reservists or Cadet Forces members and their families by making Softcat an attractive option for Service leavers to join us and thrive.
The Faith at Work community recognises that some employees hold their faith as their primary and most important identity. Our network allows employees to practice their religion at work in a safe space, offers pastoral support with likeminded and trusted colleagues, celebrates key religious events and also informs colleagues on how to support an inclusive workforce.
Our EDN Network represents all employees who live with a disability or neurodiversity, as well as those with relevant caring responsibilities. We aim to create a community where these employees feel fully supported, recognised and celebrated. From impacting recruitment processes to office facilities, the network also help to create a more accessible Softcat for all.
WOMEN IN TECH
We’re passionate about closing the gender gap in technology careers. Hear from some of our team who are happy to share their thoughts on the issue:
We have successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment and are taking on all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer. That means we’re increasing the number of high-quality applicants available to join us, and in turn are creating a workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers we serve and the communities in which we operate.
Mental health is something we have taken very seriously at Softcat. We signed up to the ‘Time to change’ pledge to commit to removing the stigma that is associated with mental health. We want to ensure that we are a workplace where our employees feel safe talking about how they are feeling.
We have mental health first aiders across all our offices to support our employees and encourage everyone to be honest about their wellbeing.
At Softcat we take sustainability seriously. It’s not just about talking about it or writing it in a report, but it’s about living and breathing it. That’s why we’ve now set goals that align Softcat to the most relevant areas of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Every day we are looking for more ways to do things better. And as part of our team, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas too.
We’re always investing in initiatives and activities to help us become the most inclusive and supportive employer we can possibly be. We want our employees to realise their potential and enjoy what they do, whilst making a positive contribution to the wider community around us. Here are a few of the things we’re doing:
In 2020, our apprentice programme was recognised as the #1 scheme in the UK by Rate My Apprenticeship. It was also a great honour for the company to come in at #5 in both the Great Places to Work and Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards. And, if that wasn’t enough, in 2021 Graeme Watt has been ranked at #3 in the UK’s Top CEOs. We have our employees – past and present – to thank for anonymously sharing their Softcat experiences. To see our Glassdoor reviews, click here.