Halifax bank has recruited three quarters of the IT staff needed to underpin its plan to double the number of customers using its credit cards within three years.
Only a handful of vacancies are left at the Halifax's Cardiff-based credit card business following an intensive recruitment drive which started in October. IT staff will work on a wide range of projects, including Web site development and creating a new middleware platform for the bank's call centre.
The recruitment drive - based on local press adverts and open days - is a rare success story in an industry that is still suffering from an IT skills shortage.
"We are working on innovative and different things," said Nick Cobban, spokesman for Halifax Card Services. "The jobs are probably considerably more interesting than in other areas." Unfilled IT posts include a Unix administrator and a senior voice analyst.
Halifax is also looking to recruit IT staff to support its new banking division Paramount Bank, which was launched last week. Paramount offers low-cost loans and plans to provide credit cards in the next few months.
Halifax is committed to doubling the number of people using its credit cards by 2003. Last June it acquired Cardiff-based credit card business Bank One.