This report investigates the skills gap in the UK financial services industry: the difference between the skills required of graduates by industry and those that they actually possess. It discusses the key drivers for the skills gap, the impact on the industry, and possible solutions proposed by professionals to bridge the gap.
The MathWorks survey involved in-depth questioning of 43 experts from within the buy and sell sides of the financial services industry. This included senior managers, analysts, quants and researchers working for hedge funds, institutional investors, banks (including proprietary trading desks), and broker/dealers. Academics, including professors, lecturers, and tutors, also provided insight. On the sell side, four of the top 10 investment banks participated in the study.
Respondents provided insight into the skills gap experienced in their organisations and recommendations on how to close it. Their understanding of clients’ needs and how industry will have to evolve to meet potential future customer demands coloured their responses and helped ensure the survey was forward-looking in its approach.
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