The 11 Most Desirable Skills in Financial Services now

One way of assessing how in demand your skill-sets are is to look at the number of job vacancies available against the competition for those roles. Another, less obvious, way to gauge your desirability is to find out which skills and experience recruiters are looking for. We’ve pulled out the most searched for terms used by recruiters as they sought out candidates on the eFinancialCareers CV database over the course of 2014. Here’s what they’re looking for.

1. Compliance

An obvious sector to top the list as large banks spend more and more on compliance staff to appease regulators – both HSBC and Standard Chartered have complained of cost-burden of keeping up with regulatory demands in recent weeks, and both banks have dramatically increased headcount.

Within this broad sector, though, there are particular hot spots: “There are a lot of jobs around financial crime, surveillance, investment monitoring as well as product advisory functions,