Three great crypto roles currently hiring in the UK
London is the third-best city in the world for crypto, creating a rich environment for job opportunities, writes Jobbio's Kirstie McDermott.
The Swiss city of Zug — the birthplace of ethereum — has come out on top of a new ranking of the world’s best crypto cities. In second place is Singapore, and London bags the coveted third place.
There are a number of factors driving the city’s success as a global crypto hub, perhaps the most obvious of which is the UK’s domain excellence as a centre of financial services, which has allowed it to become the world’s top marketplace for foreign exchange.
Adoption and knowledge around cryptocurrencies is good too, according to a YouGov survey, which found that around 10 per cent of the adult population have bought cryptocurrency, as of January 2023.
There is “a thriving ecosystem of around 2,500 fintech companies in Britain, mostly in London,” says the London Stock Exchange, and in 2022, the government also announced plans to make the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub.
These “say it, be it” plans have been rewarded: venture-capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), set up its first office outside the US in London this year.
Co-founded by Marc Andreessen, the man behind Mosaic, the first browser with a graphical interface, he is also the co-founder of Netscape, and an investor in multiple big tech companies including Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter.
So far, Andreessen Horowitz has invested in a number of UK-based crypto companies including Arweave, Aztec, and Improbable.
Rich job environment
This rich environment means that there are many opportunities available for those working in the industry. Whether you’re looking for ways to futureproof your career or want to bring your skills to a crypto company, the AltFi Job Board is the perfect place to start your search.
It features thousands of roles in companies that are currently hiring, like the three below.
NodeOps Engineer, Blockdaemon, London
Blockdaemon is looking for a highly motivated and driven NodeOps Engineer, who is excited to work with the latest blockchain networks and is passionate about developing world-class institutional blockchain infrastructure. You will develop and maintain highly reliable, scalable, and secure infrastructure automation, develop blockchain-related microservices and APIs, work with project owners to meet specification needs and collaborate with other developers to design and optimise code. You’ll plan and execute performance tests, maintain and deploy the latest blockchain node software, support production blockchain node deployments for multiple protocols, and participate in the blockchain communities and keep up to date with the upcoming developments. Three or more years’ of experience working with cloud AWS, GCE, Azure and on-premise bare metal infrastructure is required as is knowledge of cloud native infrastructure technology (Terraform, Cloudformation, Ansible, Docker), expertises with Linux server environments, and knowledge of Ethereum, Cosmos or Substrate software clients and JSON-RPC APIs. Find out more here.
Senior Software Engineer, Back-end, Crypto-1, Mastercard, Dublin
Senior Software Engineer, Ripple, London
Ripple says its crypto solutions for financial institutions, businesses, governments and developers, are improving the global financial system. It is looking for a Software Engineer to build trading and liquidity infrastructure, as these systems are a key part of Ripple's strategy to simplify access to crypto and cross-border liquidity for enterprises. In this role, you will bring technical excellence and high standards in building highly performant trading systems. You’ll deliver reliable, high-throughput, low-latency (micro)services to manage trading and execution to deliver best-in-class liquidity to our customers, participate in the full software development lifecycle, and continuously raise the standard of engineering excellence. You’ll need five years of hands-on software development experience on large-scale distributed systems, including experience in high-performance settings, as well as experience in building automated real-time trading and risk systems. Get more information here.