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On behalf of everyone at Morgan McKinley in the UK, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2013.This year we have enlisted the talent of some very special little helpers to spread our Christmas message, enjoy!Dec/12
The Autumn Statement which was released yesterday by the Chancellor has significant meaning for contractors across the UK, particularly given the recent press regarding tax avoidance through the use of ‘creative’ offshore structures.
It has been unfortunate that the press surrounding this particular issue has not identified the legitimate HMRC approved schemes that do allow the UK labour market to operate effectively and for employers to create jobs in uncertain times by using variable cost labour solutions such as employing contractors. The pursuit of those operating ‘outside the law’ is absolutely just as it makes life difficult for those making a legitimate living and paying their way as a contractor.
Being self employed is nothing new, in fact it has been a cornerstone of the economy for many decades, encouraging entrepreneurs to develop skills, build businesses and in turn create employment for others. In 2013 assisting the self employed will be one of the key drivers of recovery as companies begin the process of planning for growth, and to ’scare monger’ does nothing to encourage the next generation of honest, hard working professionals.
The Chancellor has restated the need to pursue multinationals for corporation tax in the UK and whilst its important, there has been little focus on the employment these organisations create, the income tax and national insurance that is generated, and the support of their supply chain who in turn create jobs, tax revenue etc. So whilst the announcement to pursue them is clear the objective is not to scare them off, so the reduction in the corporation tax rate will slightly soften the blow for those multinationals that may have been a bit shy about corporation tax in the past. The reduction will also be a small but not insignificant win for the 1.3 million UK ‘freelancers’ (according to the JSA) who contribute to the public purse not only personally but through their companies.
A recent address by a serving MP seemed to make perfect sense when he said that government ‘made the rules’ so rather than blame and pursue others for what is deemed legal but immoral – ‘change the rules’.
It is definitely time to focus on supporting those that contribute most to economic recovery and job creation, and UK contractors are a very important part of that equation. Contractors who are honest, hard-working people that arrange their affairs within the framework approved and audited by HMRC themselves deserve support from the Government.
If you are a UK based contractor interested to speak to someone about taking the next step in your career contact us at Morgan McKinley.Dec/12
Our latest Bonus Expectations Survey is now available – this was carried out in November with over 500 professionals working across financial services in London, giving us real insight into their thoughts on bonuses and compensation. Compared to last year’s survey we can see a definite faltering in confidence with only 60% this year expecting to receive a bonus. Last year 67% anticipated a bonus, and even more the previous year.
In addition a third of those who don’t think they are likely to get a bonus told us this is because their employers will not be paying bonuses at all for 2012/13.
On a more positive note – there were 27% who think that their bonus might be higher than 2011/12. When we asked this question at the end of last year, only 14% were so confident. However, the majority (57%) are not forecasting bonus payments any higher than last year which seems to sum up the overall attitude towards bonuses throughout the market. Where we once saw bonuses as a very key part of the negotiation between job seeker and employer, this is less and less true now. For most job seekers who are motivated to move by improved pay, it is their basic salary that is becoming more important to them in making the decision to take up a new role.
In terms of the amount that will be paid, almost 90% don’t think they will get any more than 30% of their base salary as a bonus – similar to last year. Most of these actually think their bonus will be no more than 10%, relatively modest in comparison to the years before 2008. Our Spring 2013 Bonus Satisfaction Survey will reveal if professionals were in fact being over cautious, or if their predictions were realistic….Dec/12
I recently attended a small but significant networking event hosted by Silu, an organisation aimed at professionals working or doing business in China invited a Morgan McKinley guest to speak at their panel event – alongside editors from The Banker and eFinancialCareers. Richie Holliday, COO Morgan McKinley Asia took up the opportunity to speak from his experience overseeing Morgan McKinley’s offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as Singapore and Japan.
The event titled: ‘Asia calling: where is the future for financial services professionals’ is the first of many seminars from Silu as it aims to become a hub for professionals in Asia, particularly those focused individuals seeking to return to China (known as Haigui) for career enhancement.
Haigui (an informal term for Chinese people who have returned to mainland China after having studied or worked abroad) are in strong demand and sought after by multinational companies to bridge the cultural differences. Also a new generation of career driven individuals are in China looking to make a name for themselves, in a competitive career environment everyone is looking for the edge to give them the advantage and Silu offers an outlet to learn from successful individuals such as the two other guest speakers, Dr Mao and Dr Wang, both head of risk areas in leading financial services institutes
This signifies the impact that China will continue to have especially with cities like Shanghai progressing rapidly towards becoming a global financial centre. Richie presented key findings from Morgan McKinley’s China Hiring Market Report 2013. He also highlighted the changes happening in the market, for example, no longer can non-Chinese language speakers walk into a position even in financial hubs such as Hong Kong.
The event was very well attended and a great success for Silu, with Richie being almost mobbed at the end from those who wanted more information about the opportunities and possibilities of returning to China.
Now we are all in a globally competitive market, what skills do you think will be most important for you to succeed in the future?Nov/12
Yesterday evening we hosted a very special Vegas Glamour event in aid of the much loved Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
The evening hosted for clients operating in secretarial and business support, was held at our London office in Aldwych. The office was transformed with a Vegas theme; meeting rooms were renovated into iconic Vegas hotels, Casino tables took residence in reception, a swing singer set the mood and a mixologist welcomed guests with signature cocktails.
- In the MGM Grand guests were able to have some fun with Vegas style games, drinks, nibbles and cupcakes
- In the Bellagio the theme was beauty and guests were invited in to hear about the latest hairstyles for the party season from top stylists from the Andrew Jose Hair Salon and be pampered with a mini manicure, eyebrow shape or HD Brows. A personal trainer was also on hand to give tips and advice on how to get healthy in 2013
- Caesars Palace featured some great makeup and skincare tips from the Mary Kay makeup team
- The Luxor offered celebrity spray tanning to give attendees a true Vegas glow!
- And last but not least the Venetian was home to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity where guests could learn more about the charity and pledge donations.
Over a hundred clients and business contacts attended to support the cause and take part in pre-Christmas networking and the money raised contributed to the total of £941 raised by Morgan McKinley for the Rainbow Trust, a charity that provides emotional and practical support individually tailored to families of children with a life threatening or terminal illness. The charity relies on fundraising for 95% of its income so events like this are essential in providing vital support to families when they need it most.
We hope to raise even more for the charity at our Christmas party this Friday (30th November 2012) where we will be holding a raffle for all London employees.Nov/12
Wondering what salary increase to ask for can be tricky. With our insight into who’s paying what and where, we have decided to start tracking the uplift in pay across the City based on employers making job offers each month.
Our London Employment Montitor now includes this metric each month. The graph below shows the percentage change – typically an increase – in the salary that people were previously on, compared to the salary from their new job offer. In the month of October 12, the difference was an increase of 20% indicating that despite the challenging hiring market, salaries are still increasing for those who are finding new roles.
Job opportunities are still down 36% compared to the previous year, however seeing pay rise gives us some confidence that London’s financial services sector retains an element of competitiveness in securing the best talent and remains an attractive place to work as we saw from the recent Global Competitiveness report from Z/Yen that my colleague James Smith recently wrote about as well as the PwC report: Cities of opportunity 2012 – both rank London top as a global financial city.
To find out more about financial services salaries, please contact us to have a confidential discussion: firstname.lastname@example.orgOct/12
According to the online finance dictionary Investopedia, the term broker refers to a ‘firm when it acts as an agent for a customer and charges the customer a commission for its services’.
In the job seeking process, that’s where recruitment consultants like me come in: we act as brokers between the companies and institutions who hire us to find talent and professionals looking for new roles.
As an experienced financial services professional with good knowledge of the market you may feel no need to engage with a recruiter. I understand that, however let me explain the pros and cons of either working with a recruitment company or alternatively not doing so and waiting to be headhunted directly…
Will a direct recruiter be able to help me?
More and more banks are building up their own internal recruitment functions – referred to as ‘direct recruitment’. For a bank, this seems like a great option; bypass recruiters and hire directly – saving money on the fee paid to a consultancy. However the probability of a direct recruiter finding the very best person for the role immediately drops – by definition a bank or institution will never have access to the same wide pool of candidates that recruitment companies do. They don’t invest in the right tools and technologies to do so as it’s simply not their business – it’s ours!
For a hiring manager this is not necessarily the best option especially at a time when each new hire is key. For a professional looking to develop their career – it’s only one role with one bank, compared to the opportunity to discuss multiple roles across varying organisations by speaking to a recruitment consultancy…
So is it better to talk to a recruiter than to a bank?
We are paid to source and find the best professionals in the market, for the right roles. Like it or not, that’s what we do, all day every day to help companies build strong teams. This simply gives us the edge over any employer in being able to find talent. We also talk to financial institutions daily about multiple roles, across various teams in their organisations: so once we find good people, we know exactly where they might fit. Acting as the ‘broker’ means we know what hiring managers are looking for; we may have already helped them hire somebody or even placed them in their own jobs, so we have a unique insight. We also spend hours talking to professionals to understand, not just their next job, but their entire career plan so we can help them find the best roles.
I am certainly not saying that as a professional you shouldn’t take a call directly from a financial services institution – instead I hope this post makes clear the difference between their role and our role. Do yourself a favour and keep your options open by talking to a recruiter.
If you have a view on this topic – I’m keen to hear from you. Please email me at email@example.com or leave us a comment below.Oct/12
London has come top alongside New York City in the Global Financial Centres Index published by Z/Yen last week. What’s more, Morgan McKinley is located in four of the top 10 global financial centres identified in this latest report, with operations in London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition Morgan McKinley is located in Australia, China, Ireland, Japan and the UAE.
The report examines the major financial centres around the world in terms of competitiveness, and highlights priorities and concerns of professionals. According to the Financial Times, despite London’s top ranking, issues in the Eurozone and regulatory pressures continue to be a significant concern for professionals. Nearly half of the respondents in London don’t expect the city to be more competitive in three years’ time – compared to respondents in other European countries who were far more positive about where they live.
This illustrates the impact and turbulence of the global economic issues and in particular how the Eurozone problems have affected London’s financial services sector. Despite these issues, London’s ability to come out top of the ranking also underlines how the city continues to remain at the heart of global financial services and its geographical placement and attractiveness in terms of the talent pool and the large number of financial services institutions remains clearly in evidence.
Top 10 – Global Financial Centres Index 2012. Please click on the countries to view Morgan McKinley’s local websites:
1. London & NYC
6. San Francisco
8. Hong Kong
To discuss career opportunities in financial services around the world, please contact James Smith, Associate Director - firstname.lastname@example.orgOct/12
Our science recruitment team based in Ireland has been retained by Monaghan Biosciences to recruit 5 innovative scientists.Monaghan Biosciences is part of the same group as Monaghan Mushrooms, one of the world’s largest and most progressive fresh mushroom companies who supply a full range of top quality fresh mushrooms to leading national and international retailers in the UK, Ireland, Canada and USA.Monaghan Biosciences is spearheading R&D activity in the area of the Biofuels and Renewable Energy. Specifically, the business is involved in the development of enzyme technology which will facilitate the production of ethanol from waste.To apply or find our more about these positions, see the below links. If you have any general queries please email our science consultant Carina Shortall or call 00353 1 432 1555.If you have any general queries please email our science consultant Carina Shortall or call 00353 1 432 1555.Find out more about Monaghan Mushrooms>>Oct/12
This month our London Employment Monitor highlights that jobs in the City fell by 19% from August 12 to September 12 – a larger drop than usual at this time of year. With this following a rise of 5%, it illustrates that hiring levels are still very unpredictable in financial services, but with a fall of 43% on September last year, it’s clear that the level of new hiring remains subdued.
Despite this fall in jobs and also the low number of City job seekers in the market, there has been an uplift in offers coming from employers to hire strong talent. This month we have compared the average rise in pay for those who were offered jobs last September with the average rise for those offered jobs this September – the difference was a healthy 17%, which gives a clear indication of what employers are willing to pay when they do choose to take on new employees.
This month’s Employment Monitor has been reported across newspapers and online media including CityAM who created this image to illustrate our data.
To read and download the full report you can visit the Morgan McKinkey website.
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