The Evolving Landscape: Financial Services Recruitment Trends in 2024

In the fast-paced world of Financial Services, recruitment and talent acquisition strategies are continuously evolving to meet the demand of an ever-changing market landscape. As 2024 progresses, Australian financial institutions are adapting to emerging trends, harnessing innovative approaches to attract and retain top talent. Let’s delve into the key market trends shaping financial services recruitment this year, supported by insights from Australian research.

  1. Digital Transformation Driving Demand:

The digital transformation sweeping through the financial services industry is reshaping talent requirements. Australian financial institutions are increasingly seeking professionals with expertise in digital banking, fintech, cybersecurity, and data analytics. Research by the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) highlights the growing demand for digital skills in the financial services sector, with organisations prioritising candidates who can navigate the complexities of digital innovation.

  1. Focus on Regulatory Compliance:

Regulatory compliance remains a top priority for financial institutions in Australia, driving demand for professionals well-versed in risk management, compliance frameworks, and regulatory technology (RegTech). Research conducted by the Governance Institute of Australia underscores the importance of regulatory compliance expertise in the financial services sector, particularly in the wake of evolving regulatory landscapes and heightened scrutiny.

  1. Talent Shortages in Specialised Roles:

Despite a robust pool of talent in the financial services sector, certain specialised roles remain challenging to fill. Difficult role to source talent includes roles such as quantitative analysts, treasury, data scientists, and cybersecurity experts. As organisations compete for top talent in these niche areas, offering competitive salaries, professional development opportunities, and flexible work arrangements has continued to be essential.

  1. Remote Work and Flexibility:

The shift towards remote work and flexible arrangements has become prominent. Australian employers are increasingly embracing flexible work models, allowing employees to work remotely or adopt hybrid arrangements. Work options are a key consideration for job seekers in the financial services sector, influencing their decision-making process when evaluating job opportunities, and searching job boards such as SEEK. Conversely many employers are seeking to have employees return to the office more often.

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  1. Emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion:

Diversity and inclusion have emerged as focal points in financial services recruitment efforts. Australian research by the Diversity Council Australia highlights the business case for diversity, emphasising the positive impact of diverse teams on innovation, decision-making, and organizational performance. Financial institutions are implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives to attract a diverse talent pool and foster inclusive workplaces.

  1. Rise of ESG and Sustainable Finance:

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations are increasingly shaping recruitment strategies in the financial services sector. Australian organisations are prioritising candidates with expertise in sustainable finance, responsible investing, and ESG integration. Research by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) underscores the growing importance of sustainability expertise in financial services recruitment, driven by investor demand and regulatory imperatives.

In conclusion, the financial services recruitment landscape in Australia is characterised by a dynamic interplay of financial pressures (such as high interest rates and inflation), market trends, technological advancements, and evolving talent priorities. As digital transformation accelerates, regulatory requirements evolve, and specialised skills remain in high demand, financial institutions must adapt their recruitment strategies to attract and retain top talent. If you need assistance with recruitment and selection activities, please reach out to the team for an obligation free discussion on how we can support your organisation’s recruitment activity.


  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Diversity Council Australia
  • Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)