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Top 10 Flexible Companies to Work for in the North East

Are you looking for your next flexible job? With 54% of the population currently in a part-time or flexible role, the approach to a "traditional" job is changing.

Top 10 Flexible Companies to Work for in the North East


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In a world where work-life balance and personal commitments are gaining precedence, flexibility in employment has become a crucial factor for job seekers.

With 54% of the population currently working in a part-time or flexible role, the concept of a 9-5 role is being redefined.

As the demand for work-life balance grows, many companies are embracing flexibility as a core value. Here are the top ten flexible companies to work for in the North East.

1. Atom Bank

As one of the first app-only banks in the country to be granted a regulatory license, Atom Bank is changing finances for the better.

After announcing they were trialling a four-day working week in November 2021, they have seen a significant benefit and incorporated this structure within the working week going forward.

Moving to a 34-hour working week with no loss of pay, Atom Bank embraces flexibility and hybrid work.

This investment in their colleagues is also reflected in their ‘All About Me’ fund, which involves £200 a year to spend on something unrelated to the day job. This could include anything - Scuba Diving, Driving Lessons, Cake Decorating, Golf lessons or more.

2. Opencast Software

As an outcome-focused consultancy, Opencast prides itself on the qualities of its people. They prioritise what is best for their clients, partners and people and strive to be an employer of choice.

Driven by culture, they value and empower people. This means working flexibly and keeping hierarchy to a minimum.

With 25 days of holiday, plus bank holidays, paid sick leave and flexible hybrid working, Opencast actively promotes a healthy work-life balance.

3. tombola

With its headquarters residing in Sunderland, tombola is a household name that is recognised far and wide.

Colleagues at tombola have the flexibility to work from home for two days a week and receive a home set-up contribution to allow them to work comfortably at home.

Additionally, everyone has their desk to reserve in the tombola office.

With free food and snacks on site, they cater for breakfast, lunch, and a healthy range of healthy snacks and smoothies.

As a global business, they have built key principles on integrity, trust, and honesty, ranking them as a top employer to work for.

4. Sage

Sage is a well-known market leader in AI-powered Enterprise Planning (ERP) software.

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they have transformed over 11,000 colleagues' lives. With a strong focus on empowering colleagues, they encourage colleagues to perform at their best and provide the tools to facilitate this.

From 24/7 video appointments with an NHS GP, Health Cash Plan, hybrid working and a range of initiatives to support colleagues, Sage has set the benchmark for a healthy work-life balance.

Additionally, Sage’s cutting-edge software tools enable businesses to streamline their operations, enhance productivity, make informed decisions, and achieve sustainable growth.

5. Seriös

Seriös Group has a proven track record of delivering data and test solutions.

Founded in 2020, they have stayed true to their core values of honesty, quality collaboration and innovation.

Flexible and hybrid working is just one of their many benefits, boasting a generous enhanced pension scheme, cycle-to-work scheme, private health insurance, corporate metro passes and sports tickets for football and basketball.

6. Version 1

Version 1 is an IT Services and IT Consulting company that transforms and accelerates IT services for businesses.

With a team of over 3000 employees across Ireland, the UK, India, and Spain, they have received various awards, including 11 Great Place to Work awards.

From bike-to-work schemes, career path development (CPD), flexible working, shared parental leave and many more benefits, they care about employees.

7. Wordnerds

Wordnerds is an AI-powered tool for analysing customer feedback that is proud to be a part of the North East tech scene.

Colleagues have the option to work as part of a flexible working model (2-3 days in the office).

Whether it’s annual stayovers or quarterly strategy days, you get to be a part of their decision-making process.

At Wordnerds, they look after each other but also prioritise time to have fun.


NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

With a vision to become the delivery partner of choice for the health and care system, their platforms and services provide multiple career pathways into digital.

NHSBSA offer a generous NHS Pension Scheme with 20.6% employer contribution, flexible working options, health staff discounts, discounted travel costs and discounts at over 3000 gyms, spas, pools, studios, and outdoor fitness events across the UK.

9. Mediaworks

Mediaworks is one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies with a diverse team of future thinkers, talented creatives, and inspiring leaders.

Alongside flexible working arrangements, colleagues can access an employee assistance programme, funded training courses, birthdays off and early finish Fridays.

Driven by their values – ambition, impact, innovation, and connection, they care about creating a culture where everyone is empowered to own their future.

From weekly company drinks to monthly buffets and lunch sessions, Mediaworks provide a welcoming space to nurture key relationships.

10. BBC

The BBC stands out as a highly flexible place to work due to its commitment to fostering a dynamic and inclusive working environment.

With a forward-thinking approach to hybrid and remote work, the BBC harnesses modern technology to enable seamless collaboration regardless of physical location.
When you join BBC, you’ll learn from world-leading experts and team up with bold, diverse voices to develop and grow together.

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Flexible working is the future

The prospect of work is changing, meaning more people are prioritising flexible working hours.

If you’re looking for a job that offers flexibility, then it’s a good idea to inquire about company procedures and working-from-home policies before applying for the job.

It could be that staff are required to come into the office for a minimum of 3 days a week, or on specific days.

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