It’s a new year! It’s time for reflection on your own personal goals and development for 2022, and what you want to achieve. Whether you’re looking for your first steps on the tech career ladder, or just curious about new opportunities. Here are our top 12 picks for companies hiring for local, and remote, software developers - of all seniorities.

All companies and roles can be found on the Haystack app.

hedgehog lab

📌  Newcastle upon Tyne / Open to remote

hedgehog lab is a global technology consultancy, working with some of the biggest FTSE 200 and Fortune 500 companies. They operate an open company culture where politics is shunned and everyone works as a team.

Perks include: Flexible hours, unlimited holidays, social events, learning allowance, and a wellbeing programme.

Innovation Group

📌 London / Open to remote

Their Development team are building Azure based applications for their strategic global platform in insuretech. Innovation Group invests heavily in their people so they can enjoy continuous development - “our people are our future”.

Perks include: Flexible working, flexible hours, wellbeing programmes, social events and more.

Holiday Extras

📌  Hythe / Open to remote

A fast-moving, innovative travel technology business that promises to give customers less hassle so they can have more holiday. Their audacious plans mean they’re looking for pioneering, customer-centric people to help make things happen.

Perks include: Flexible working, gym memberships, private healthcare, free parking and sabbatical leave.


📌 Newcastle upon Tyne / Open to remote

LeoVegas is Europe’s premier GameTech company and is at the forefront of using state-of-the-art technology for mobile gaming. They have an extreme technology and product focus, and in 2017 they surpassed the threshold for being classified as a unicorn!

Perks include: Private healthcare, free food and a work phone.

Seriös Group

📌 Gateshead / Open to remote

A boutique data analytics and testing consultancy based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Their size enables them to create a collaborative working environment amongst highly skilled consultants. They strive to develop each and every team member.

Perks include: Flexible working, social events, learning allowance, a wellbeing programme and more. 


📌 London

FACEIT is a leading independent competitive gaming platform for online multiplayer PvP gamers. They have more than eight million users and a total of twelve million online gaming sessions each month.

Perks include: Flexible working, flexible hours, free food, life insurance, private healthcare and social events.


📌 Newcastle upon Tyne / Open to remote

A growing team of specialists who work at the heart of government, global finance and growth enterprise with a range of digital consultancy and tech services. Opencast pride themselves on the qualities of their people. They’re inclusive, creative, and collaborative. 

Perks include: Flexible working, learning allowances, free parking, childcare vouchers and your own equipment.


📌 Welwyn Garden City / Open to remote

PayPoint makes life more convenient for everyone and is now live in over 18,000 shops in the UK. They continue to grow rapidly, using their expertise to develop innovative payment solutions for diverse markets. PayPoint pride themselves on their workplace culture and the positive working environment they create.

Perks include: Wellbeing programme, private healthcare, life insurance and a laptop.

Made Tech

📌 London / Open to remote

Made Tech are public sector technology delivery experts providing digital, data and technology services across the UK market. Founded in 2012, they grew by helping startups to build products fast using lean and agile principles.

Perks include: Flexible working, flexible hours, season ticket loans, social events and more.

Direct Line Group

📌 London / Open to remote

Direct Line Group started the digital insurance revolution - and now home some of the nation’s best-known brands including Direct Line, Churchill, NIG and Green Flag. They encourage their people to work together, aim higher and be the best they can be.

Perks include: Flexible working, a wellbeing programme, learning allowance and more.


📌 Manchester / Open to remote

A pioneer of a new category of enterprise software, Decision Intelligence; the commercial application of AI to optimize business performance. Peak has been named in The 20 Best Technology Companies to Work for in 2021 with the Best Companies 3-star ‘World Class’ accreditation.

Perks include: Flexible working, gym membership, share options, life insurance, social events and more.

EPAM Systems

📌 Newcastle upon Tyne / Open to remote

EPAM helps customers reimagine their business through a digital lens. With over 52,000+ employees across 40+ companies, they were one of only four technology companies to appear on Forbes 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies list every single year since 2013.

Perks include: Flexible working, learning allowance, gym membership, private healthcare, travel allowance, free food and more!

Check out hundreds of more companies and opportunities on the Haystack app.

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