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FinTech banks on tech talent

Demand for experienced banking operations talent is growing due to healthy real estate funding and high demand from private equity, venture capital, and asset management firms, according to a new report by specialist recruiter Robert Half (www.roberthalf.co.uk).

In its latest Salary Guide 2022 (
www.roberthalf.co.uk/salary-guide) – an annual report for projected salary ranges, benefits and hiring trends across several sectors – the FinTech space has experienced a meteoric rise and start-ups are further increasing demand for skilled financial services talent.

Almost two thirds (62%) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are ‘somewhat to more’ confident about business growth prospects over the next 12 months, and this is particularly true in banking, where share prices are showing healthy recoveries from the beginning of this year.  

A better economic situation is bolstering confidence, says 44% of CFOs, while 48% says that the acceleration in the adoption of automation and digital technologies which help to make processes more efficient means they need to hire new employees with the skills they need to harness the opportunities that technology brings.

“There has been an explosion of demand for digitally skilled candidates in the financial services sector as companies fight to be stronger, better and faster.  With further developments in Open Banking and the continuation of digital transformation projects, experienced talent will be in a strong position well into 2022,” says Henry Morse, Associate Director, Robert Half.

“The number of firms looking for compliance, legal and risk skills in relation to ESG has increased considerably over the past year,” added Chris Henson, Senior Manager, Robert Half.  “Asset management firms especially have sought to hire professionals who can help them build out policies and risk frameworks to meet the expectations of investors when it comes to their wider environmental and social impact.”

Demand has already outstripped available talent in the sector, with more than half (56%) expecting it to be more challenging to find qualified candidates over the next 12 months.  With the right talent in short supply, salaries have increased across a variety of roles – particularly in finance, compliance, risk and banking operations.

These roles are particularly in demand because of the new regulatory landscape created by Brexit and the introduction of government mandated Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards.  A recent Bloomberg survey confirms that ESG is reshaping the world of finance, with 20 of Europe’s largest banks affirming that they are working on a remuneration package that is linked to a firm’s performance on sustainability metrics.