The Isle of Man, not to be confused with that other island off the South Coast of England, it’s the one up North! It’s the place Iforium call home, it’s where our Head Office and Senior Team are based and it’s the location where Iforium’s Next Generation Software Development happens!
Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Isle of Man, maybe you live here or are looking to relocate? You could already be working within the island’s eGaming sector or are keen to start a new eGaming career on the Isle of Man? Whatever the reason, you’ve found Iforium, you’ve found this page and are still reading it (well done) so stick with us as we take you on a journey from the time of the Vikings right through to the modern day. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin!
The Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency which is located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland. The population of the Isle of Man stands at just over 80,000 and natives of the island are known as Manx. The island is 13 miles wide and 33 miles long, so yes, it’s rather cosy!
The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom and it has its own laws, courts and government. The government on the Isle of Man is a parliament called Tynwald which at 1,000 years old dates back to the Vikings and is widely acknowledged as the oldest continual parliament in the world.
After the tourism boom of the 1950’s to 1970’s, the Isle of Man reinvented itself as a leading offshore financial jurisdiction. This sustained growth has fuelled further expansion into new and emerging sectors such as eGaming and eBusiness. To this day, the Isle of Man also firmly retains their self proclaimed title of “Road Racing Capital of the World” via the infamous Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Motorbike Races. If you haven’t experienced the spectacle of the Isle of Man TT yet then put in on your bucket-list, you won’t be disappointed!
Some fun facts about the Isle of Man. It has its own language (Manx Gaelic), it prints its own money and the national dish is widely accepted as being chips, cheese and gravy (or herring for the older generation)! It boasts the largest working water wheel in the world, the Laxey Wheel and is the birth place of the Bee Gees and the Manx Missile, cyclist Mark Cavendish. The Isle of Man does not have a national speed limit, certain cats have no tail and the majority of the islands population are known to talk to fairy’s on occasion! On a clear day from the summit of the islands mountain Snaefell you can see seven kingdoms – the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven and the Kingdom of Manannan (the Sea).
eGaming on the Isle of Man
In 2001, the Isle of Man Government was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce legislation specifically designed to benefit gambling and eGaming firms and fully protect customers.
Over the last decade the Isle of Man has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading eGaming jurisdictions which is supported by a proactive government and private sector.The Isle of Man can now boast of world class infrastructure and full range of support services which are in place for the gambling industry in areas such as Hosting as well as Corporate Service provision.
The Isle of Man now plays host to an increasing range of eGaming companies with over 1,000 people directly employed and facilitating eGaming on the island. Those who sit alongside Iforium at the forefront of the island’s growing eGaming sector include companies such as Microgaming, PokerStars (Amaya), Playtech, GVC, Continent8, Domicilium and more.
As of 2012, the Isle of Man’s eGaming sector continued to experience sustained growth and accounted for more than 8% of the Manx national income. It was projected the number of eGaming licences issued would surpass the 50 mark with government figures showing the eGaming industry contributed 164m GBP to the Manx Exchequer in 2012.
In 2015, the Isle of Man National Income Accounts, published by the Economic Affairs Unit revealed income from the Isle of Man eGaming sector grew from 529.8m GBP in 2012-13 to 690.4m GBP in 2014. This 30% year-on-year growth means eGaming now outstrips the island’s insurance industry for the first time with a 17% market share of Manx-sourced income compared to insurance’s 15%.
Please click the following link for further details on eGaming on the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man also has an active and growing eGaming fraternity with several networking and social events taking place throughout the year such as the Isle of Man eClub.
Several Isle of Man based eGaming companies including Iforium are also regular exhibitors and attendees at the world’s eGaming trade shows and events such as ICE Totally Gaming, EiG, the iGaming Super Show, G2E and more.
Iforium at the Awards
In 2012, Iforium were recognised on the Isle of Man for its Achievement in Entrepreneurship and presented with the award in recognition of Iforium’s growing contribution to the Isle of Man’s eGaming industry.
In both 2013 and 2014, Iforium were nominated as “Rising Star of the Year” in the casino software and services categories at the prestigious EGR B2B Awards!
In February 2015, Iforium were selected as Finalists in both the iGaming Software Supplier and Technology Provider/Supplier categories at the 8th International Gaming Awards (IGA).
In May 2015, Iforium were nominated for the IT Supplier of the Year and Best Customer Service Award at the 6th edition of the annual and prestigious EGR B2B Awards. In June 2015 at a gala ceremony held at the Tower of London, Iforium won the EGR B2B Award for IT Supplier of the Year 2015!
In June 2015, Iforium’s Gameflex Platform was recognised at the Microsoft 2015 Partner Awards.
In April 2016, Iforium were shortlisted in the IT Supplier of the Year and Best Customer Service Award categories at the 7th edition at the EGR B2B Awards 2016.
In December 2016, Iforium were confirmed as Finalists in the Slot Provider/Supplier Product of the Year category at the 10th International Gaming Awards (IGA).
For further information on the story of Iforium’s industry awards and eGaming achievements please visit our dedicated awards page.
Working at Iforium
If you’ve got this far then you’ll now know a little more about who we are and where we’re based but what’s it like actually working for Iforium?
If you haven’t already realised, Iforium are a fast growing software development company specialising in the development of a next generation and flexible eGaming and Casino management platform.
From our modern Head Office in the Isle of Man we provide clients worldwide with a comprehensive range of gaming software services using the latest technology and agile software development methods.
Team Iforium are always on the hunt for the “right” people to join our happy group and perhaps you’re one of them?
If you can place a tick next to the following boxes then get in-touch with us today, we would love to hear from you.
- Hard Working
- Enjoy Problem Solving
- Care about code
In return, Iforium can offer the right people the following:
- A relaxed and modern working environment
- A competitive salary linked to performance
- The opportunity to specialise. If you’re good we want you to become even better
- An active social calendar, yes “Team Iforium” enjoy the social side as well
For further information on working at Iforium and a list of our current vacancies please visit our careers page.
Living & Working on the Isle of Man
So what’s it like actually living and working on the Isle of Man? On first impressions, a sprawling metropolis the island is not but dig a little deeper and you will find there is plenty going on! The Isle of Man offers residents a unique way of life combined with some breathtaking scenery, picturesque sea side towns and villages and some quirky traditions such as the Horse & Electric Trams and Steam Trains that remain active modes of transport! This traditional “olde worlde” environment sits in harmony alongside fast paced industry such as the Finance, eGaming and eBusiness sectors where the Isle of Man continues to push the boundaries on a global scale.
eGaming is arguably the fastest growing industry on the island and is now playing a major part in the local economy. There are close to 1,000 people now employed within the sector and it has attracted people from around the world to locate to the Isle of Man helping to further boost the islands economy.
Away from the office, the island caters very well for a range of outdoor pursuits such as Cycling and Golf or more adventurous sports like kayaking and abseiling! There is an active social scene on the island with the summer months and weekends being the busiest time for those who like to party “Isle of Man” style! On the entertainment front, the Quay area in Douglas has undergone a major transformation in recent years with a growing number of quality bars and restaurant springing up. There are also plenty of hotels to choose from in central Douglas with many now catering for the business traveler.
The quality of life on the island is high, crime is low and when the sun is shining there are not many places that can rival the beauty of the Manx landscape. This neatly bring us onto the weather on the Isle of Man which is always a hot topic of conversation amongst the locals. The climate can be best described as mixed. It’s rarely too hot in summer, not often too cold in winter but yes, the wind can really blow, the mist can roll in from the sea and the rain can on occasion fall horizontally!
If you are interested in working at Iforium or are considering a new career on the Isle of Man then you may be required to obtain a work permit (unless you are classified as an “Isle of Man Worker” status or classified exempt under eGaming). For further details on the Isle of Man Work Permit system please click here.
If you are making a trip over to the Isle of Man to learn more about the island’s eGaming sector or perhaps to further an Isle of Man Gambling Licence Application then why not get in-touch via our contact us page. We are always keen to meet with new operators or licence holders on the Isle of Man especially in the areas of casino and gaming.
Iforium’s modern Head Office “The Old Courthouse” is located at the heart of the Island’s capital Douglas and is approximately a 20 minute drive from the Island’s airport, Ronaldsway. The Isle of Man airport operates a well established network of daily flights to all major UK airports. In addition, the Island’s ferry terminal, which can be found in the heart of Douglas, operates ferries throughout the year from England and Ireland.
Isle of Man – Flights & Ferry Services
Unless you’re a really good swimmer then it’s either a short hop on a plane or a leisurely cruise across the Irish Sea to reach the Isle of Man. There are scheduled flights to the Isle of Man from various airports around the British Isles and Ireland including London Gatwick, London City, London Luton, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin. Flight operators include British Airways, Flybe, Easyjet, Eastern Airways & Aer Lingus Regional.
For more detailed information on flight operators, routes and flight times, please visit the Isle of Man Airport Website.
A year round ferry service is operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company with services running from Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast for both foot passengers and car drivers. Sailing times take approximately 3-4 hours for conventional ferries and approximately 2.5 hours for fast craft services running throughout the summer months from Liverpool.
For more detailed information on the ferry services, please visit www.steam-packet.com.
Isle of Man – Useful Links
The following are a selection of useful links about the Isle of Man with a special focus on the island’s eGaming sector…enjoy!
Well that’s it! You’ve reached the end of Iforium’s guide to the Isle of Man and its growing eGaming industry. We hope you’ve learnt a little more about Iforium and our operation as well as finding some interesting facts and useful information about the eGaming sector on the Isle of Man.
If you would like to get in-touch with “Team Iforium” then visit our Contact Us page right here. We would love to hear from you!