Financial services executives confident in London’s ability to become world leader in FinTech
The vast majority (92%) of UK-based financial services leaders believe that the UK has the ability to become the worldwide leader in financial technology (FinTech), according to research from Robert Half Financial Services UK.
Only 6% of financial executives are not confident in the UK’s ability to become the global hub of the FinTech market.
When it comes to challenging London as the world’s FinTech capital, American cities rank highly, with New York rated as the most likely competitor by 35% of financial services executives. Hong Kong ranked second with 15% of financial services professionals named it is a contender, followed by Frankfurt, cited by 14% of respondents.
UK-based senior financial services executives were asked, “In your opinion, which centre is the greatest competition to London becoming the financial technology (FinTech) leader of the world?” Their responses:
- New York
- Hong Kong
- San Francisco
The study also identified the challenges that could hold the UK back from earning the top spot. The greatest barriers were identified as a lack of investment in technology innovation (44%) and a lack of skilled professionals (44%). Other barriers identified include a lack of the perceived “Silicon Valley culture of innovation” cited by more than a third (36%) of financial services executives. Industry regulation could still provide a stumbling block, with 28% of those surveyed believing this could be a barrier to the UK’s FinTech ambitions.
Luke Davis, vice-president of Robert Half Financial Services UK, commented, “FinTech has moved beyond a buzzword phase and is now recognised as a rapidly maturing market. Increasingly companies operating in this industry are finding themselves competing for talent with established players in both the banking and IT sectors. The rise of challenger banks and FinTech start-ups creates more opportunities for skilled financial services professionals looking towards greater opportunities outside of the industry.
“When attracting skilled professionals within the FinTech industry, the key is to use a dynamic resourcing approach with the right mix of innovative and specialised professionals. As the skills shortage continues to tighten, accessing professionals who are not actively looking for jobs can be the solution. Working alongside a specialist recruitment consultancy will support this access to an untapped pool of talent.”