UOB has hired Sathiyaseelan Murugaiayh to head up one of its most important technology teams, CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) for DevOps. Murugaiayh joined UOB earlier this month and reports into the overall head of DevOps. He previously spent almost two years as global DevOps lead for wealth management at Deutsche Bank.
Technologists who specialise in DevOps, a practice that makes software development faster and more efficient, are in high demand in Singapore. “And Singapore is also in relatively short supply of DevOps engineers, so salaries are going up,” Adam Davies, lead IT recruiter at iKas International, told us earlier this year.
What does it take to get a DevOps job at UOB in Singapore? A recent senior job advertisement by the bank states you’ll need experience with DevOps tools and environments such as Jenkins, Bitbucket, Maven, and Artifactory. An understanding of continuous-testing techniques (i.e. JUnit, SonarQube and Veracode) is important, as is knowledge of “automation accomplished with advanced Python, Chef, Ruby and PowerShell”.
UOB has 13 vacancies which demand DevOps skills, but it isn’t the only Singaporean bank that wants them. DBS, for example, has prioritised hiring DevOps engineers when it runs its annual recruitment hackathon.
Such is the demand in DevOps that banks will offer salary rises of up to 50% to poach top-performing engineers, says Davies from iKas. If you work in DevOps and earn the average director-level salary of S$250k, for example, this would increase your pay to S$375k, according to a Singapore technology salary table we compiled using data from recruitment firms.
Murugaiayh’s move is part of a wider drive by UOB to open up more technology jobs in Singapore. UOB’s headcount reached 26,651 last quarter, a rise of 1,363 year on year. This was spearheaded by digital and technology recruitment, according to the bank’s Q1 financial results.
Prior to Deutsche, Murugaiayh worked as a DevOps lead at DBS on a five-month contract in which he was responsible for “designing and implementing DevOps solutions” for AWS and the bank’s in-house servers and cloud. He worked as a lead project engineer at Barclays between 2010 and 2017 and has also held technology jobs at UBS and JP Morgan since he began his career in 2004.
Murugaiayh’s DevOps focus at UOB is on CI/CD, a set of operating best practices that are currently in favour with DevOps teams and enable them to deliver code changes more frequently and reliably. If you want to join Murugaiayh’s team, start brushing up in this area.
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