According to financial services recruitment firm Joslin Rowe, banks and custody firms are hiring graduates on temporary contracts to fill roles such as derivative operations, dividend calculation, collateral management and equity trade support & settlements.
Although the temporary roles don’t offer instant access to the most desirable front-office (client-facing) jobs in areas such as M&A and sales and trading, they can be a possible stepping stone to the more prestigious and higher paying areas of banking. “This is good for people who haven’t done well in the milkround and need to get some experience on their CV,” says Joslin Rowe spokeswoman Belinda Walmsley.
Successful applicants will need a 2.1 in a numerate or financially-focused degree, Excel skills and a demonstrable interest in financial services. Applicants should send CVs and covering letters to banktemp@JoslinRowe.com.
Pay ranges from 12 to 16 per hour (around 30k a year) and contracts typically last a minimum of three months.
Separately, Financial News reports that banks are hiring an average 13.5% more graduates to their official recruitment schemes in 2007 than in 2006. Nomura and Bank of America have seen some of the biggest increases, while Goldman Sachs increased the number of trainees it’s hiring from 268 to 324, an increase of 21%.