VIDEO | The dynamic environment and constant change were named as causes when SEB’s Saija Korkala asked her back-office team members why they like their work – supporting the argument that “back is the new front”. Nevertheless, a Stockholm panel had reason to discuss a growing challenge in attracting talent to operations and keeping team members’ skills current. The session began by presenting a survey of women in Swedish finance.
It used to depend on the salary. Now, increasingly, post trade leaders report how the profiles they seek just aren’t out there to be found. And while automation takes care of ever-more heavy lifting, the skills profile to manage it can be quite different from that which helped a team member join the industry a long time ago.
Saija Korkala pointed out that many the sought-after skills, such as in technology, are industry agnostic – meaning the securities industry is competing with many other sectors for candidates.
The panel in Stockholm looked into where we are going on this.
Panellists were …
Susanna Drakenberg, Head of HR, Euroclear Sweden,
Saija Korkala, Head of Investor Services Institutions, SEB,
Shaun Ogden, Recruitment Consultant, Amendo, in a talk moderated by
Urban Funered, CEO, Swedish Securities Markets Association.
Before the panel discussion, the session kicked off with a summary of insights from a fresh interview survey with a large number of women in the securities industry, mostly sell-side, performed by the Swedish Securities Markets Association. While working hours are relatively long, and there is still work to be done on equal opportunity, an overwhelming majority is happy with their work and foresee themselves staying in the industry. The analytical and creative challenges are attractions for many, with career opportunities also being a strong point.
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