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Fintech firm with amazingly flexible work faces talent problem

If you're thinking about working for a UK fintech, Atom Bank, the Durham-based digibank with strong roots in London, should surely be on your list. It offers four-day weeks, it offers remote work. It's said to be “progressive”, “family friendly” and “supportive,” and doesn't pay badly, all things considered. And yet, it still faces difficulties finding technologists.   

Speaking in yesterday's FT, Atom Bank's CEO, Mark Mullen, said "Tech skills are in short supply, and in some ways it’s limiting the growth potential, particularly for UK fintech." Atom's 2023 hiring reflects this; it seems that few engineers have been hired outside of data science teams.

Atom is willing to hire engineers from outside the financial services sector. Senior engineer Janine Bachrachas joined in March from appliance manufacturers Dyson; data engineer Mike Johnson joined remotely in February having previously worked for the Cumbria Police. 

Atom even appears willing to take a chance on unproven engineering talent. Junior engineer Jessica Burton worked in marketing throughout her career prior to joining in January.

CTO and former Bank of America director Andy Sturrock calls tech "the beating heart of Atom." However, only four of the 31 roles currently open at the bank are for engineers. 

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    Mark Mullen
    19 April 2023

    I take issue with this headline and this article. We're not struggling to hire at all - as you'd expect we recruit to the roles we want to fill, when we want to fill them (who knew?). We offer a progressive employee value proposition because we're not afraid to compete for talent. As for Jessica Burton making a transition from working in marketing to developing a career as an engineer - well, I spent a big chunk of my career as a marketer and now I build companies. Thank heavens I didn't allow myself to be limited by a job title.

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    ExFin
    19 April 2023

    Funny, if I look at jobs on their website there are very few tech roles listed so can't be doing too bad.

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