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Banks are actively headhunting for workers again — but they want very specific skills

Banks are starting to headhunt actively again after years being moderately passive following the global financial crisis, a prominent recruiter put on Thursday.

This time however, their focus will be on digital and fintech shillelagh, said Declan O’Sullivan, managing director of search firm Kerry Consulting.

The beginning influence of digital and banking-specific technology — so-called fintech — is “really metamorphosing how banks themselves will organize their own recruitment functions,” O’Sullivan apprised CNBC.

There was a huge supply of bankers after the financial emergency in 2008, but “that situation is changing in general as we flow out of that space,” he said.

In demand are people who know how to work in the digital and fintech lapses, with “huge supply shortages, particularly in Asia” driven by a paucity of people with the right skills, he said.

Banks thus drink few options but go back to “to the age of active headhunting,” said O’Sullivan.

The most sought-after women are digital strategists, fintech professionals, data managers and cyber guarantee specialists, he said.

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