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Bank & Financial Managers

Despite significant job losses in the banking sector, high level financial skills in the areas of risk analysis, management and cost accounting, compliance and regulatory standards (domestic, EU (e.g. MiFID, Solvency II) and global (e.g. Basel II)) and financial analysis are in short supply. Financial experts with proficiency in financial software packages (e.g. SUMMIT and SAP) are particularly difficult to source. The demand for financial skills is illustrated by some recent job announcements including those by Apex Fund Services, Fidelity Investments, Acorn Life, Smith and Williamson, Deutsche Bank and First Ireland. International financial services activities have held up well during the recession in terms of employment levels. Further job creation is expected in the medium-term driven, in part, by projects announced by the IDA in 2010. These jobs include financial management, accounting, hedge fund, risk, compliance and financial analysis positions. Demand for high level financial skills is expected to be driven by the global recovery, reform of the banking system, product innovation, changes in the regulatory environment and attitudes to risk. (Note: Unless otherwise stated these comments are based on the findings published in the National Skills Bulletin 2011.)

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