The research, carried out by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, shows almost all banks are actively recruiting new people and some have in excess of 50 open roles open at any one time.
January and February were the busiest months for the release of new positions.
Although the rise in contract recruitment was not as marked as in permanent recruitment, volumes still increased.
And Robert Walters said more contractor roles were recruited with a view to being made permanent.
The number of vacancies coming to market before the end of the first quarter of this year already outstripped the best quarter of 2009.
Andrew Hanson, director of Robert Walters’ Financial Services recruitment division, said: “Clients were keen to hire across the board, from mid-level analysts through to VP level – across all functional roles.”