Sky Betting & Gaming will employ more than 900 staff in Yorkshire when it invests £11 million during the remainder of the current financial year.
The investment sees 200 new jobs created at Sky Poker & Betting’s technology and contact centre teams, a new Customer Hib, the launch of a commercial and software academy and a £250,000 marketing campaign to assist the recruitment drive.
Leeds’ technology and contact centre teams will see 100 new faces, with the other 100 new recruits heading to the recently opened Sheffield Technology Hub at the Electric Works.
Speaking about the investment, Richard Flint, (pictured) Chief Executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, said, “With the business performing well we have decided that now is the time to significantly increase our investment in people and facilities. This is a vote of confidence not only in our own plans to make betting and gaming better but also in the health of the Yorkshire economy.”
Leeds City Councillor Judith Blake called the investment “fantastic news for the city” and said Leeds is delighted that Sky Betting & Gaming continues to invest job opportunities in the city and throughout Yorkshire.
Sky Betting & Gaming operates from Wellington Place in the centre of Leeds, having moved from Harrogate in 2010. More than 500 staff are employed across customer service, technology, marketing and product development, a figure added to in January 2015 when an additional 90 staff were hired after CVC Capital Partners bought a controlling stake in the company.
Television giant Sky sold an 80% stake in Sky Betting & Gaming to CVC Capital Partners for £600 million in December 2014. Terms of the deal saw Sky retain a 20% interest in Sky Bet, which includes major brands Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Vegas, Oddschecker and Sky Poker, plus a long-term agreement to allow CVC to continue using the Sky Bet name.