Is the Middle East coming back?
On GrowInFinance.com we have repeatedly reported about the recruitment developments in the finance and banking sectors. While the forecasts seemed promising in early 2011 by the fourth quarter things had slowed down so much that some HR experts even started to advise to flee. Although the sector is still experiencing serious challenges internationally (and the Middle East is no exception), new opportunities also rise for talented and proactive finance and banking specialists.
Jun 14, 2012
One such hot spot is the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia in particular, where large local banks are recruiting wealth and cash managers, commercial bankers, and compliance and corporate banking relationship managers, while interest in capital market specialists is predicted to soon rise.
Several international banks are looking in that direction for expansion. Japanese Nomura and France-UK BNP Paribas are already on the search for talent. Recently, Barclay’s Wealth management division has also turned its head East hiring investment bankers there. Insiders predict that within less then a decade their presence in Saudi Arabia would increase substantially. Standard Chartered also opened offices in the Kingdom and is now looking for professionals to compete with the Saudi British Bank (where HSBC is also a shareholder) in dept offerings. Other important players, like VTB Capital, have also relocated personnel to focus on the Saudi stock market instead of others in the area.