Bank on an Upturn

The Mirror (London, England), November 29, 2012 | Go to article overview

Bank on an Upturn


AS we continue our campaign to Get Britain Working, we have found 20,031 jobs in the vast world of banking and finance.

And at last, there seems to be some good news for a sector which has been slashed by recession.

"There has been steady growth in the financial and accountancy market, which is a good sign of money being invested in new staff," says Tony Vickers, of Balance Recruitment and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

"It's still early days but there are definitely some green shoots of recovery in the sector."

Even if you've never worked in the industry, there are great chances to get on the first rung of the ladder.

"New entrants to the market can either look into apprenticeships or speak to a specialist recruiter who will help them with targeted research and aspirations."

Visit www.rec.uk.com/jobseeker to find a specialist recruiter.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS? High street giants including Barclays and HSBC are looking for apprentices.

Barclays is recruiting across England and Wales and wants 1,000 by the middle of next year. Register at http://jobs. barclays.co.uk/apprenticeships or call the Barclays Apprenticeship recruitment line on 03332 409 719. HSBC is also taking on 688 apprentices. Apply at http://jobs.hsbc.co.uk/apprentices/ apprentice-programme.aspx.

Jobcentre Plus at www.gov.uk/jobsearch has 9,257 related jobs ranging from 482 economists to 2,875 clerks.

Jobs on offer include a personal banking adviser for Lloyds TSB in Newmarket (from PS6.19 per hour if aged over 21) and a banking adviser in Peterborough (from PS6.19).

At www.fish4jobs.co.uk there are 268 jobs ranging from an insurance claims handler in Shrewsbury (up to PS16,000) to a business banker in Coventry (from PS15,215). At www.bankingjobsuk.co.uk there are 704 retail banking jobs and 632 finance jobs, including a bank assistant at M&S bank in central London (PS23,000) and a general insurance pricing consultant in Manchester (from PS29,200).

At www.reed.co.uk we found 1,193 banking jobs and a further 6,832 in financial services.

These include a branch manager at The West Brom in the West Midlands (PS20,000), a customer relations adviser in Wavertree, Merseyside (PS11 an hour) and a savings and service advisor in Northampton (from PS14,500).

Meanwhile, www.hays.co.uk has 89 retail banking jobs, including a customer adviser role in Macclesfield (PS16,000-PS18,200).

PAY Starting salaries for banking service advisers are between PS12,000 to PS18,000 a year. With experience and supervisory responsibilities, this can rise to between PS18,000 and PS30,000. Bonuses and commissions for meeting sales targets can increase earnings. …

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