Even with Covid restrictions this has certainly been a bumper year to date and a candidate driven market!
Over the last 6 years, our Fintech industry has grown from AUD250m in 2015 to AUD4Bn in 2021. Based on findings from Findexable 2021 global Fintech rankings, Australia has jumped two places in the global fintech rankings and now ranks 6th in the world and 2nd in the Asia Pacific region. This surge has brought about new Fintech start-ups across: buy now pay later (BNPL), share trading, foreign exchange, accounting automation, home loans, financial credit checks and credit scoring as well as new financial investment firms.
Global interest in Australia’s Fintech industry will continue to grow after Square recently acquired BNPL firm Afterpay for $39bn. This goes to show that overseas companies are certainly paying close attention to the Australian Fintech industry.
Although we have now gone into a 2nd year of lockdowns across the country, the fintech recruitment industry is surging forward with no signs of softening. I can’t recall a market quite like this for some time now!
Senior Level Industry Appointments
- Ann-Mary Rajanayagam, placed by Kapital Consulting, joined JANA as the Head of Technology after returning from a lustrous banking career in New York City.
- Sam Hallinan was appointed the new CEO of Schroders Australia moving across from Nikko Asset Management in April.
- Allison Hill has been appointed the new Chief Investment Officer at QIC in Brisbane
- Shantell Wiliams leaves Fintech Purple Group to join Tic:Toc as their new CTO
- Tim Larcos named as new CTO at PwC
- John Sutherland (2020 CIO of the year) recently joined HammondCare as their new CIO
Kapital’s Funds & Investment Management placements:
- Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)
- Head of Technology
- Multiple Enterprise Architects and Heads of Enterprise Architecture
- Information Security Manager
- Product Manager
- Head of IT Infrastructure
- Principle Identity Architect
- Workplace collaboration Lead
- Application Support
- Multiple Business Analysts and Data Analysts
- Investment Data Analysts
- Data Migration Developer
- Equity Quant Developers
- Multiple system and Automation Testing profiles across Payments, CRM and Banking
- Data Centre Project Manager
- Cyber Security Architects
- Service Delivery Managers
- Multiple Project Managers across Security, Cloud, Applications, Infrastructure and Investment Systems
- Solution Designers
- Multiple DevOps Specialists (mainly Azure and AWS, not so much GCP)
- Multiple .Net, Java & Python Developers
- Mulesoft Developers
- Mobile Developers
- Desktop Support Analysts
Salaries and threats
We spoke about this in our last newsletter and it continues to be a very hot topic. Last year we faced more counteroffers than ever before as well as candidates, too nervous to make the switch to a new role. Now as Covid and working from home has become the new norm, the market is feeling a lot more comfortable to look for new opportunities. This is largely due to client demand but also the comfort that companies now have a solid Covid onboarding process for new hires.
There is such high demand for technology skills across Australia, that we are witnessing candidates with 2-3 offers on the table. It is certainly a candidate driven market and we have seen first hand where candidates with niche technology skillsets, are being offered anything from 20-35% pay increases to leave their current roles.
Candidates are being snapped up very quickly, offered high salaries and in many cases sign-on bonuses. There is an uptake in clients willing to look interstate and also overseas for top talent. Companies have definitely embraced this throughout 2021 and have been onboarding new hires from further afield.
What we are seeing for 2022
It is clear that the demand for top talent, will continue for the remainder of 2021 and certainly well into 2022. There has been huge demand for Development and DevOps skillsets with ~95% of our clients looking for experience in one or both of these verticals. Data Analytics still in high demand and a recent surge for Mobile Development and Mulesoft Development expertise. We will see the demand for Project Services skyrocket throughout 2022 with the relaxing of Covid restrictions and the knowledge that return to work is back on the horizon. Simply put, there are companies, not comfortable taking on critical initiatives with project teams working from home and not in the office.
The growth we have experienced in 2021 was much needed across many industries and we will see this continue to ramp up through 2022 for all our clients. If you would like further information on the market or roles we are running, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time!