San Francisco FED Trying to Further CBDC system development
On February 18, 2022, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco posted a job opening for a "senior application developer" for CBDC research.
The job posting states that the software engineer will work to ensure that the FED can successfully implement technology to support a CBDC as required by the Board of Governors.
Some of the key responsibilities for the position are developing systems related to CBDCs, identifying improvements, and mitigating risks.
A mere 24 hours after the job posting went online, 45 applicants had already shown interest. This level of interest underscores the growing importance of CBDCs in the financial world and the increasing interest in exploring their potential benefits. The job is located in San Francisco, California, and offers a base salary ranging from $110,300 to $176,300.
India’s CBDC push
While the US Federal Reserve continues to explore CBDCs, other major economies worldwide are already testing their digital currencies. In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently onboarded 50,000 users and 5,000 merchants to test out its recently launched digital rupee CBDC.
The testing aims to understand how the digital rupee can be used in real-world scenarios and to identify any potential issues that need to be addressed.
Currently, the digital rupee CBDC project is active in five cities, with nine more cities potentially joining the pilot soon. RBI deputy governor Rabi Sankar stressed that the government plans to proceed with CBDC testing gradually and slowly. The goal is to ensure that the testing process goes smoothly and that any issues are addressed before a wider rollout of the digital rupee.
Overall, the job posting by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the ongoing CBDC developments in India highlight the growing interest in exploring the potential benefits of digital currencies. As central banks around the world continue to investigate and test CBDCs, we will likely see more job openings and updates on these projects in the coming months and years.