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Morning Coffee: Grad hiring stays strong even as senior Singapore bankers worry about jobs

Grad hiring stays strong even as senior Singapore bankers worry about jobs

Grads up, seniors down

While graduate-level hiring at investments banks in Singapore continues apace, falling deal revenues are making more experienced bankers call recruiters about exit opportunities.

Interns at US and European investment banks in Singapore have been told that next year’s graduate intake will be about the same size as this year’s, according to several current summer interns we spoke with this week. This is despite Southeast Asian investment banking suffering its worst period for six years.

Revenues from investment banking in the region dropped 14% to $621m as of mid-August, according to new figures from Dealogic. “Slowing economies have led to the scrapping of several initial public offerings, a drought in mergers and acquisitions and a plunge in local currencies that has discouraged investors from buying stock and bonds issued locally,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

However, the regional investment banking slump, is affecting the sentiment of seasoned bankers according to recruiters. Christina Ng, executive director at LMA Recruitment in Singapore says in the wake of the revenue slowdown she is fielding an increasing number of calls from mid to senior-level bankers in Singapore wanting to leave for the buy-side, or just leave the finance industry altogether.

“Grads and juniors are always excited about getting a foothold in the banking sector and tend not to get put off – it’s the experienced guys who question their commitment when things take a turn for the worse,” says another banking recruiter.


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