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Research shows demand for recruits in financial advice sector

September 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research shows demand for recruits in financial advice sector

Research from life insurance company Prudential has shown a demand for new recruits in the financial advice sector. 70 per cent of survey respondents say they would urge people to pursue a career in financial advice.

The research showed that while financial advisers are optimistic about the growth of the financial advice market, many believe that not enough action is being taken to encourage people to enter the profession.

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Research reveals what UK consumers want from banking sector

September 28 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research reveals what UK consumers want from banking sector

A new online global survey from ACI Worldwide and YouGov has revealed the services UK consumers want from their banks.

The research surveyed more than 9,000 consumers in the US and Europe. It found consumers worldwide expect their bank to provide new and innovative services. 

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Lyft drive ahead with online learning platform Udacity

September 27 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Lyft drive ahead with online learning platform Udacity

For many of us, self-driving cars still seem like a distant reality, confined to the realms of Silicon Valley. However, the strides being made in this field are making it look increasingly likely we are heading for a future where self-driving cars dominate our roads.

Supported by developing e-learning platforms, companies such as Lyft are looking to get more people involved in contributing to the future of private, and potentially public transport.

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UK businesses are embracing fintech, research shows

September 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

UK businesses are embracing fintech, research shows

Businesses in the UK are embracing financial technology, with 77 per cent being aware of fintech products and services, according to research from finance company MarketInvoice.

The research found 65 per cent of UK businesses have adopted at least one fintech application, while 19 per cent have adopted at least four. 

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Survey shows increase in graduate jobs and apprentices

September 26 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Survey shows increase in graduate jobs and apprentices

Figures from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) have shown an increase in the number of graduate jobs and apprentices in 2017.

The annual survey showed businesses have recruited 20,614 graduates in 2017, an increase of 1 per cent, while the number of apprentices has increased by 19 per cent to 11,016.

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PwC and EY make list of most open-minded businesses

September 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

PwC and EY make list of most open-minded businesses

Research from salary benchmarking website Emolument.com has revealed which firms are the most open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. Professional services and Big Four firms PwC and EY made it into the top five, cited by 88 per cent and 86 per cent of employees respectively.

Goldman Sachs topped the list, with 90 per cent of employees being satisfied with the company’s open-mindedness.

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Accountancy is one of the highest-paying jobs for students

September 22 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Accountancy is one of the highest-paying jobs for students

Accountancy is one of the best-paying student jobs in the UK, according to research from UK jobsite CV-Library.

The research analysed 2,000 part-time jobs across 15 cities and revealed the best-paying roles for students. Construction topped the list with an average hourly rate of £13.58, followed by accountancy with an average hourly rate of £12.34. 

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London named most popular destination for business travel, report shows

September 22 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

London named most popular destination for business travel, report shows

A report from Heathrow Express has found that London is the most popular destination for business travel.

The 2017 Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report found that 85 per cent of 2,424 business travellers have travelled to London for business.

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Fintech sector crucial to London’s future prosperity, according to research

September 21 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Fintech sector crucial to London’s future prosperity, according to research

Over 45 per cent of businesses believe the financial technology sector is crucial to the future of London’s prosperity, according to the CBI/CBRE London Business Survey.

The survey of 271 respondents found the creative and tech sectors are the most important for the city’s economic growth over the next five years, with these being cited by two-thirds of businesses. This was followed by the fintech sector (47 per cent) and the professional services sector (49 per cent).

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EY announces career development and performance programme

September 20 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

EY announces career development and performance programme

Professional services and Big Four firm EY has announced a series of global talent programmes to help employees prepare for work.

The company will be running the programmes through management model LEAD and will be introducing a new programme called EY Badges. This will help people develop digital skills for the future.

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Employers support financial education in the workplace, research shows

September 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Employers support financial education in the workplace, research shows

Research from financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown has shown employers are in support of financial education in the workplace.

The research surveyed 418 employers, exploring their views on auto-enrolment in the workplace. They found 55 per cent believe financial education can help their staff gain a better understanding of pensions.

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FCA figures show improved gender diversity in Britain’s banks

September 19 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

FCA figures show improved gender diversity in Britain’s banks

Figures from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have shown an improvement in gender diversity amongst the UK’s biggest banks, with 28 per cent of senior executives being female.

The figures were analysed by DHR International and show that the number of female directors has increased by 1.5 per cent since 2015.

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Finance is third most lucrative degree for new graduates, research shows

September 18 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Finance is third most lucrative degree for new graduates, research shows

Research from job search engine Adzuna has revealed which degree subjects are the most lucrative for new graduates.

The study used Adzuna’s ValueMyCV algorithm to analyse the CVs of recent graduates and identified the top ten most valuable degrees in the UK.

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Digital skills could help boost wages, according to Barclays

September 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Digital skills could help boost wages, according to Barclays

Developing digital skills could help plug the UK’s skills gap and boost wages, according to Barclays Digital Development Index 2017.

The index explored the digital skills and confidence levels of 6,000 adults and analysed 88,000 job adverts in the UK. 

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Index shows increase in demand for accountants in City of London

September 15 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Index shows increase in demand for accountants in City of London

Demand for accountants in the City of London increased in August, with the number of accountancy roles up by 34 per cent, figures from Robert Walters have shown.

The recruitment company’s City Job Index also showed an increase in demand for temporary staff last month, with the number of temporary accountancy roles up by 22 per cent. 

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Banking and financial services sector dominates list of top employers

September 14 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Banking and financial services sector dominates list of top employers

Businesses in the banking and financial services sector have dominated the list of top undergraduate employers in this year’s RateMyPlacement rankings.

J.P. Morgan was named the best undergraduate employer in the UK for 2017-2018 by students, with the banking and financial services company jumping up 16 places from last year’s position.

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Moneyfacts reveals best banks for students and graduates

September 13 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Moneyfacts reveals best banks for students and graduates

Moneyfacts has revealed the best banks for students and graduates in its Current Account Star Ratings 2017.

Barclays, Lloyds, and TSB were among the banks rated highly, along with lesser-known names like Investec.

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KPMG’s number of apprenticeship hires reaches record high

September 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

KPMG’s number of apprenticeship hires reaches record high

Professional services and Big Four company KPMG has reported a record increase in apprenticeship hires in 2017.

KPMG’s recruitment drive has seen a 40 per cent increase in apprenticeship hires, with the number of young people recruited onto the company’s apprenticeship programmes rising to 181 in 2017.

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Glassdoor research reveals Britain’s most recommended employers

September 11 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Glassdoor research reveals Britain’s most recommended employers

Job search engine and review website Glassdoor has revealed the most recommended employers in Britain.

Glassdoor obtained the data by looking at reviews and recommendations of companies from current and former employees that have been posted on the site in the past year.

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Health of UK SMEs reaches highest level in 18 months

September 08 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Health of UK SMEs reaches highest level in 18 months

The health of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises has reached its highest level in 18 months, a new quarterly economic index has shown.

Compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research Limited (Cebr), the SME Health Check Index used key performance indicators to measure the health of UK SMEs, including employment and confidence. 

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Meaningful work most important to finance professionals, research shows

September 08 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Meaningful work most important to finance professionals, research shows

Finance workers have cited meaningful work as the top reason for choosing a job in new research from financial recruitment company Core-Asset Consulting.

The study surveyed 194 professionals from Scotland’s financial, accounting and legal sectors. It revealed the top factors taken into account by individuals choosing a job, with 28.31 per cent of respondents ranking meaningful work as the most important.

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Research shows UK professionals want to acquire new skills

September 08 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Research shows UK professionals want to acquire new skills

Over 65 per cent of UK professionals believe they will need to acquire a new skillset in the next two to five years to do their job.

The research from leadership qualifications provider ILM surveyed 2,000 full-time and part-time workers in the UK.

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London remains top international financial centre

September 07 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

London remains top international financial centre

London has earned the top spot in The Banker magazine’s annual International Financial Centre (IFC) rankings for 2017.

The city scored higher than 56 other international financial centres and continues to be a leading financial centre after topping the list in 2016. 

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New leadership programme launched to help businesses engage staff

September 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

New leadership programme launched to help businesses engage staff

A leadership development and coaching company is offering a new leadership programme for companies who want to increase staff engagement.

Full Potential Group (FPG) is launching the Charisma Connection programme to help business leaders develop charisma.

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Small business staff are the most committed, research finds

September 06 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Small business staff are the most committed, research finds

People who work for a small business are the most committed, according to research from card payment machine provider Paymentsense.

The research surveyed 1,000 SME workers in the UK and found those who work for smaller businesses are more engaged. This is compared to their counterparts, working for larger firms.

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