According to a survey by recruitment firm Astbury Marsden, there was a 7% fall in new positions created by large investment banks compared to the same period last year. This downward trend has continued with an almost 9% drop in new roles created from June to July of this year, falling from 2,190 to 2,000 respectively. Hiring in Compliance, Risk and Technology roles appears to have remained moderate, however, Sales and Trading positions have seen a fall attributable to the cost associated with regulatory capital requirements.

Interestingly, the survey points out that small and mid-sized financial services companies are in fact now driving City hiring, with high frequency and algorithmic trading firms particularly seeking technology and infrastructure personnel. Bank of England proposals to extend the bonus payment deferral period, in tandem with regulatory and public pressure on pay are also likely to make smaller firms, who are not subject to the same scrutiny or restrictions more appealing, especially for senior executives.

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