City banks are embarking on a record hiring spree, indicating the sector is in rude health despite warnings Brexit would hit it hard.
London banking jobs are on course to smash pre-pandemic levels by 30 per cent, highlighting the capital’s banking industry has effectively weathered the Covid-19 crisis and is tilting toward making its post-Brexit future a success.
Over 5,000 new banking jobs were created in June, the first time this has ever happened, according to Morgan McKinley.
Record hiring activity extended into July and August, where 5,300 and 5,700 banking jobs were created respectively.
British banks beefed up their risk and compliance teams in a bid to get to capitalise on the new regulatory landscape after the UK left the EU. Hiring for these types of specialists represented 12.8 per cent of all vacancies in the sector.
Devoting more resources to preventing money laundering and fraud was the primary factor driving up risk and compliance recruitment, Morgan McKinley said.
“Busy areas in compliance and risk include: compliance advisory, financial crime / AML, surveillance and monitoring and credit risk,” Ben Harris and Leo Bellometti at Morgan McKinley, said.
“This has been caused by the easing of government lockdown measures, and in turn with banks initially having made cuts to their staff, they now need people to join their teams again.”
Citi and JPMorgan were leading the banking recruitment charge.