HBOS has begun a major recruitment drive for IT staff, as it invests in a programme to develop its e-commerce, management and back-office systems.
The bank, created from the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland, plans to take on 120 new IT staff by the end of the year, with further recruitment expected in 2007.
"We are looking for a cross section of people, some at the junior end, such as business analysts and developers, right through to experienced people - even the odd senior architect," said David Henderson, head of IT delivery for retail banking at HBOS.
The bank needs extra IT staff to help it rationalise and consolidate its e-commerce system, which is to be made more component based so that it be updated more quickly.
It is also investing in data analytics, datawarehousing, file management and compliance systems to manage risk.
HBOS said it was primarily looking for IT staff who would fit in with the organisation's culture, and it was prepared to offer training to the right candidates.
"We are looking for people who are open and honest, are focused and who work at a fast pace. We want people who enjoy challenging the status quo," said Henderson.
"Their attitude and approach is more important than how deep their technical skill is. We invest a lot in developing people's technical ability."
The bank has been running its "Unleashing Potential" programme for the past two years to assist IT staff in developing their careers and expanding their skills. "If someone needs a lot of training for their role, they will get it," said Henderson.
Although financial services experience would be an advantage, the bank said it was also keen to bring in IT staff from other sectors, as this helped build its range of expertise.
The bulk of the new positions will be based in Leeds and Halifax, but there are also vacancies in Chester, Cardiff, the Midlands and Edinburgh.
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