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“volume of vacancies has increased”
The London Financial Services Audit market strengthened over the course of 2014 with the volume of vacancies increasing since autumn of 2013. Risk and Corporate Governance have continued to be a strong market as has Sales and Trading Audit. We have also seen a resurgence of vacancies within the IT Audit space. As the economic climate recovers at a slower pace than originally predicted, there are still considerable consultancy and contract work opportunities (see fig1) with the split remaining similar to last year. However, organisations are seeking to reduce contract hire costs in the long term by hiring on a permanent basis where possible.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the prevalence of fines being levied in financial services there have been some instances of large scale redundancies but for the most part, Internal Audit has not been affected. Audit vacancies for some particularly sought after skill sets have increased:
• Global Markets (Associate and AVP)
• Risk – Market, Credit and Model
• Regulatory and Compliance
• IT Audit – Applications and Infrastructure
• Finance & Treasury
“shortage of recently qualified Chartered Accountants”
Sales and Trading Audit remains consistent in its need for strong candidates. Roles in Risk and Models Audit groups were required by most firms during 2014. There has been an increased demand for Auditors with strong knowledge across Fixed Income, FX and Equities asset classes and related functional areas. Overall, banks are gearing up for significant junior level recruitment in the coming year due to the shortage of recently qualified Chartered Accountants.
It is likely that 2015 will be the year that the legacy of the hiring freezes of 2009 – 2011 begins to bite. The resulting scarcity of qualified and experienced junior hires from traditional sources like Big4 firms will have a considerable impact on how Audit functions seek to fill this gap in the coming year. Possible trends include:
• Relaxing selection criteria
• Seeking ‘equivalent qualified’ candidates within Europe
• Utilising consultants and contractors
• Increasing senior hires
• Outsource junior Audit to risk and control consultancies
Technology Audit saw a resurgence during 2013 with an increase in mid and senior level IT Audit vacancies. During 2014 there was an increase in the number of junior hires compared to operational audit roles (see fig 2) and we believe this is going to continue into 2015. Most organisations are seeking technology auditors for capital markets applications roles and some infrastructure requirements at mid level.
Regulatory developments continue to drive the need for risk professionals at all levels. As regulatory bodies continue to levy fines and redress underlying causes of the crash of 2008, Risk and Models Audit functions continue to require strong, highly qualified subject matter experts ideally with Audit experience. However, given the shortage of Auditors possessing specific risk experience, most firms have been looking for risk and models practitioners with the ability to understand process risk and control.
There has been an increase in the number of houses seeking well qualified senior level auditors with enterprise level controls and risk experience of multiple functional areas particularly COO and governance.
Vacancies in asset management have remained consistent for junior and mid level roles with a few new senior Director level opportunities at smaller asset management boutiques. In 2015 we expect recruitment for the first six months will continue to focus on junior and mid level hires. Recruitment patterns during the latter part of 2015 are likely to be influenced in part by the implementation deadline of UCITS V in March 2016.
Whilst front office Wealth Management firms have scaled back in the UK and increased the bar for portfolio levels expected of new hires, there has been a welcome return of senior roles in Asia. We envisage as need for Auditors at the junior to mid levels.
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