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The most appealing factors of a financial services career

November 13 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

The most appealing factors of a financial services career

Research from recruitment company Robert Half Financial Services has revealed the most appealing factors of a career in the financial services industry.

The research, which coincided with International Accounting Day, found that 34 per cent of financial services leaders believe a career in the industry is attractive.

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Report shows permanent placements increase in London

November 10 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Report shows permanent placements increase in London

The number of permanent placements in London has increased at its fastest rate since May. This information was reported by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Report on Jobs: London for October 2017.

The report also showed that the number of employed temporary/contract workers in London increased for the 15th successive month in October. The rate of growth increased at a faster rate from September.

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Research reveals desirable qualities employers look for when recruiting

November 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research reveals desirable qualities employers look for when recruiting

Research from Arch Apprentices has revealed the top qualities that employers look for when recruiting young candidates.

The research surveyed 500 business decision-makers and found that the majority of employers value enthusiasm when it comes to recruiting young people for their business, with this being cited by 74 per cent of respondents.

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Accenture launches programme to help professionals return to work

November 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Accenture launches programme to help professionals return to work

Professional services company Accenture has launched a programme to help professionals who have taken a career break to return to work.

The Break|Through programme will offer professionals the opportunity to boost their skills and secure a job role with Accenture.

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Metro Bank to open new store in London

November 08 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Metro Bank to open new store in London

As part of their expansion plan, Metro Bank is opening a new branch in Liverpool Street, London.

This will be the company’s 52nd store, with 12 more planned to open next year.

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Tesco Bank incorporates Face ID into its mobile banking app

Tesco Bank incorporates Face ID into its mobile banking app

Tesco Bank has incorporated facial recognition technology into its mobile banking app, enabling customers to quickly access the app and authenticate payments.

The changes are available to iPhone X customers, who can access the Face ID feature by enabling it on their device. The new Face ID technology will be optional to users.

 

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Financial service providers need to boost customer experience

November 07 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Financial service providers need to boost customer experience

Research commissioned by customer engagement solutions company Engage Hub has shown that financial service providers need to place more focus on customers.

The survey of 2,500 UK consumers explored the relationship between customers and financial service providers and found that more than 30 per cent of consumers believe that providers do not take customer experience seriously.

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London Living Wage increases by 4.6 per cent

November 07 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London Living Wage increases by 4.6 per cent

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the London Living Wage has increased from £9.75 to £10.20 per hour.

The 4.6 per cent rise marks the first time the city’s Living Wage has increased to more than £10.00 per hour.

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Investors value business owners with soft skills, research shows

November 06 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Investors value business owners with soft skills, research shows

Research from Innovate UK has found business owners misunderstand what investors are looking for, with soft skills being the most valued when it comes to making investments.

The report compared the views of scale-up businesses and investors. It found that 84 per cent of investors believe poor communication is a deal-breaker, compared to 46 per cent of business owners.

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UK financial services firms make LinkedIn’s top start-ups list

UK financial services firms make LinkedIn’s top start-ups list

Several UK banks and financial services firms have made it onto ‘LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies – Startups’ list.

The companies were selected from nearly 25,000 venture-backed companies. Nearly a third of the list was made up of financial technology businesses, including challenger banks and currency converters.

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Return-to-work programmes could improve gender equality, research shows

November 02 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Return-to-work programmes could improve gender equality, research shows

Research from recruitment company Hays has found 70 per cent of UK workers believe introducing return-to-work programmes or similar initiatives could help improve gender equality.

The Hays UK gender diversity report 2017 surveyed 5,400 workers in the UK. It found some employers are providing opportunities for workers that have taken a career break.

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UK named most attractive country to employers and staff

November 01 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

UK named most attractive country to employers and staff

The UK has been named the most attractive country to employers and staff in a report from real estate company Colliers International.

The report rated Britain highly for its talent, quality of life, location and cost, with Colliers International placing the UK amongst the lowest-risk European countries to start and run a business, despite concerns over Brexit.

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Millennials favour banking apps over traditional branches, research shows

Millennials favour banking apps over traditional branches, research shows

Research from Visa has shown that millennials are choosing banking apps over traditional bank branches, with 53 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds regularly using a banking app on their mobile phone.

The research surveyed more than 2,000 Brits and found that 38 per cent routinely use a banking app on their phone. However, banking apps have not quite yet taken over, with 31 per cent of millennials admitting that they have never used one.

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London’s first business club for female entrepreneurs launched

October 31 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London’s first business club for female entrepreneurs launched

A business club aimed at female entrepreneurs has been launched in Shoreditch, London, for the first time.

The club, which was launched by female-focused networking club Blooming Founders to provide an inspirational co-working space for women, is open to female founders, freelancers, investors and advisors.

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London a top business location for SME executives, research shows

October 30 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London a top business location for SME executives, research shows

London is a top location for entrepreneurs and business executives, with more than 60 per cent saying they would choose to base their business in the city, according to research from London Executive Offices (LEO).

The research also found that 57 per cent of UK entrepreneurs and business executives believe start-up businesses that are based in London have the best chance of success with an annual growth of 20 per cent.

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Alternative banking app Revolut signs up 16,000 businesses

October 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Alternative banking app Revolut signs up 16,000 businesses

Alternative banking app Revolut has signed up 16,000 companies across the UK and Europe to its Revolut for Business platform since its launch earlier this year.

The service has enabled companies sign up for multi-currency accounts and make money transfers in 26 currencies to make payments to overseas employees or suppliers. 

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Record drop in number of unemployed graduates

October 26 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Record drop in number of unemployed graduates

The graduate unemployment rate has dropped from 5.7 per cent in 2016 to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since 1989, according to a study from Prospects.

The annual study is titled What do graduates do? It was written in partnership with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), and it found that the number of unemployed and employed graduates has fallen. 

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Barclays offers free accommodation to recent graduate interviewees

October 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Barclays offers free accommodation to recent graduate interviewees

Barclays is to offer free accommodation for one month to graduates that are attending job interviews in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, starting from 30th October.

The move comes after research from the bank found graduates spend £506.55 on average securing their first job after university, with some attending more than three interviews before being offered a job.

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Data shows top ten UK cities for job growth

October 24 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Data shows top ten UK cities for job growth

Data from CV-Library has revealed the top ten cities in the UK for job growth in the third quarter of 2017, with London featuring in the top three.

The survey compared the figures with data from the same period last year and found that the number of advertised vacancies increased by 12.2 per cent year-on-year, with several of the UK’s major cities seeing the biggest rise in jobs.

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SMEs need more access to finance, according to research

October 23 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

SMEs need more access to finance, according to research

Research from Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown SMEs need more access to finance.

The research found that around 50 per cent of high-growth SME owners in the UK have been unable to expand their business as a result of problems with accessing finance. This is compared to 36 per cent of businesses as a whole.

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Financial services firms would benefit from fintech strategies

Financial services firms would benefit from fintech strategies

Having a fintech strategy in place would be beneficial to financial services firms in the future, according to a report from professional services and Big Four firm KPMG.

The report, “Forging the future”, surveyed 168 finance firms from 36 countries.

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Generation Z workers expect quick promotions, according to research

October 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Generation Z workers expect quick promotions, according to research

Generation Z workers have high expectations when it comes to career progression.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 18 to 23-year-olds, revealed men are feeling particularly positive about progressing in their career. 18 per cent expect a promotion within less than twelve weeks of commencing employment, compared to 5 per cent of women. 

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London will remain a top FinTech hub

October 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London will remain a top FinTech hub

London will continue to be the world’s leading financial technology hub, according to research from rating agency Early Metrics.

The research assessed 1,500 FinTech companies across Europe and found London remains the top spot for FinTech. This is despite the challenges and uncertainty faced by executives in the industry over Brexit. 

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Apprentices can help fill skills gap, according to research

October 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Apprentices can help fill skills gap, according to research

Over 80 per cent of UK SMEs believe apprentices are the solution to solving the UK’s skills gap, according to the Close Brothers Business Barometer.

The quarterly found businesses believe providing more apprenticeships can help them gain access to skilled workers, with one in five having their own apprenticeship scheme in place.

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FPMS launches new funding solution for small businesses

October 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

FPMS launches new funding solution for small businesses

Payment solutions company First Payment Merchant Services (FPMS) has launched a new funding solution for small businesses.

The Smart Business Funding solution will provide small businesses that are unable to access funding from traditional banks with financial support. This is in the face of challenges such as Brexit and technology-driven shake-ups in the banking industry.

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