Feeling the pinch? A new job could be the answer
Jobbio's Kirstie McDermott offers up some new roles as a possible solution to the continuing cost of living crisis.
Right now, no one is immune to cost of living conversations. Inflation is at a 40-year high, and with the news that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by nine per cent in the 12 months to April 2022 (up from 7 per cent in March), it won’t come as a surprise that, according to the Office for National Statistics, 88 per cent of adults in Great Britain said their cost of living had increased, as of May this year.
From groceries to fuel and energy bills, we’re feeling the pinch and while prices are rocketing, for most people, salaries are not: a report from XpertHR said that annual pay growth stalled at four per cent in May, which leaves people with a pay increase worth less than half of the nine per cent increase in prices.
There is some positive news – fuel prices could start to come down, says the RAC, and from next month, those who earn less than £41,389 will pay less in national insurance than they currently do. This takes in around 70 per cent of workers and means that the lower earnings limit will rise by £3,000.
Some companies are stepping up to help their employees too: Rolls-Royce is offering 14,000 UK workers a £2,000 one-off cash payment from August, as well as a four per cent increase for 11,000 shop floor workers, which it is backdating to March. EasyJet is planning to give new and existing cabin crew a £1,000 bonus, and the publisher Bloomsbury – of Harry Potter fame – will give all staff a six per cent bonus.
But what happens if your employer is showing no signs of offering salary increments or one-off bonuses to help you cope?
One solution is to look for a new role. Despite reports of hiring freezes in some sectors of the tech industry, the job market remains buoyant, and we have three roles below that are worth checking out. For thousands more open positions, visit the AltFi Job Board.
Infrastructure Engineer, 10x Banking
The Role: This is a great opportunity for an Infrastructure Engineer to join the team at 10x Banking and you will own and drive the vision going forward. The company is looking for someone who is passionate about working with cutting-edge technologies, and who can bring deep technical knowledge and experience.
The Responsibilities: You will ensure that 10x’s services – both internally critical and externally-visible systems – have reliability and uptime appropriate to users' needs and a fast rate of improvement while keeping an ever-watchful eye on platform capacity, performance and availability.
The Requirements: You will need solid experience of using HashiCorp Terraform to deploy Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in an AWS cloud-based environment via an infrastructure CI/CD pipeline, as well as experience with automation tools such as Ansible and Packer. A systematic problem-solving approach, coupled with strong communication skills and a sense of ownership and drive are also required.
Senior DevOps Engineer, BVNK
The Role: BVNK is looking for a Senior DevOps Engineer to help it to achieve its goals by taking infrastructure to the next level. You will have a passion for providing an exceptional environment for engineers to operate in, and you will have a solid working knowledge of cloud infrastructure and experience collaborating cross-functionally.
The Responsibilities: You’ll maintain and build cloud infrastructure using IaC tooling, and develop and maintain deployment pipelines as well as build and maintain a monitoring platform for BVNK’s cloud infrastructure.
The Requirements: You should have experience deploying cloud native applications as well as more than two years of experience with AWS, Terraform and cloud native kubernetes (EKS).
Cloud Data Engineer (Infrastructure) - Data Engineering Team, Yapily
The Role: Yapily is looking for a Cloud Data Engineer to join its Data Engineering team. Focusing on how the company stores, processes and secures data for the rest of the business, the successful candidate will lead its efforts to ensure quality and integrity of all the company's data.
The Responsibilities: Designing data processing solutions on the cloud, choosing appropriate storage technologies based on business requirements such as retention, availability, and consistency as well as keeping data separated based on data residency requirements are just some of the tasks involved.
The Requirements: You’ll need to be proficient in PostgreSQL / MS SQL, InfluxDB and Redis as well as ETL. A knowledge of Google Pub / Sub, Apache Kafka and AWS Kinesis is required as is knowledge on cloud infrastructure, especially GCP and AWS.