Talentful really allowed us to shift the goalposts for what was achievable. More than doubling the size of our engineering team in the space of a year unlocked previously out of reach opportunities, whilst the foundations and training put in place by the Talentful team meant it wasn’t just a short-lived spike of growth for us.
Before partnering with Talentful, Starling Bank was entirely reliant on agencies and direct applications for new hires. Candidates were managed through the hiring process by a variety of people from differing teams, creating large inefficiencies in between stages. While the hiring process wasn’t completely broken, Starling’s agency spend was high, and focus was being pulled away from growing the Engineering team and other high priority areas of the business.
In September, the focus of Engineering hiring shifted to Starling’s Southampton office. This created the added challenge of a more limited pool of candidates and reinforced the need to approach talent in a more tailored and personalised way.
Reliance on agency hires
Disjointed hiring process owned by multiple different teams
Challenging location for hiring technical roles
Two of our Talent Partners joined Starling Bank’s team onsite for 12 months to help hire a minimum of 40 engineers, scaling their engineering function from 60 to 100 people.
During this time, our talent experts centralised Starling’s hiring function and established a more formal headhunting approach with quick success. Talentful trained the in-house team to ensure sustainable results from the partnership and provided up-to-date documentation on best-practice hiring.
•Training for in-house team
•Creation of documentation
Over a 12 month partnership with Starling Bank, Talentful delivered against an initial target of increasing the Engineering team from 60 to 100. When this target was amended to 120, Talentful once again surpassed it, ultimately leaving Starling with 135 engineers in total (225% team growth across the project).
On top of this, the Talentful team was able to deliver training to the in-house team, provide valuable documentation for future success and host three tech events to raise Starling’s profile. Over the course of the project, Starling Bank saved £184,766 vs. traditional agency models and enjoyed an effective rate of 10.39%.
225% growth of engineering team
£184,766 saved vs. agency model
10.39% effective rate
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