According to a report commissioned by the UK’s Treasury, Britain’s financial services system is experiencing an existential skills crisis. Why? As digital start-ups have moved quickly to offer desirable working benefits such as flexible hours or learning and development opportunities, financial institutions have been comparably slow to react to new workplace demands.
Financial-technology development is full of promise but is lacking one thing: talent, especially female talent. Few young women are jumping on the fintech bandwagon as a career option. There are many reasons for this reluctance, from stereotyping in elementary school to viewing a tech career as “too male”, but efforts are underway to change this attitude and bring gender diversity to one of today’s most pivotal fields of influence.
Many banks have given up the fight and are working to get along with those fintech upstarts, but not regarding one area in particular: top-notch tech talent. When it comes to tech staff, the gloves are off, and banks are fighting to both recruit and hold on to the cream of the crop, recognizing how indispensable experienced professionals have become in the digital world.
Banking across the globe has been going through a major transformation over the last few years, and this evolution looks set to continue well into 2018, and indeed beyond.
Winning the war for talent will define banks’ success in a landscape increasingly shaped by disruptive challengers, but the lacklustre efforts of many at embracing innovation put them at risk of being left behind.