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The end of the year may be looming, but big banks are still recruiting for regulatory roles in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Morning Coffee: Asian compliance jobs boom not cooling in fourth quarter

If you thought that recruitment for risk and compliance jobs in Asia might be slowing down in November as banks focus instead on plotting next year’s hiring campaigns, think again.

As we reported yesterday, HSBC’s Q3 results reveal that the bank expects to boost its risk and compliance ranks to 7,000 people globally by the end of this year – nearly 10% of its entire headcount. Results from another Asia-focused bank, Standard Chartered, also reveal a surge in regulatory recruitment this year.

Recruiters in Asia confirm that some of this new hiring is focused on Hong Kong and Singapore. And because HSBC and Stan Chart are two of the largest banking-sector employers in these cities, their vacancies are helping to prop up the year-end job market.

While compliance and risk candidates looking for a guaranteed bonus for moving firms in Q4 are probably out of luck (click here to find out why), a large uptick in base salary is well within their reach. The job also comes with more internal kudos these days. “Compliance in Asia is a far more attractive career than it was just five years ago,” says Matthew Fellows a consultant at Pure Search in Hong Kong. “Banks are increasingly being inundated with new regulatory challenges, so the attitude internally towards compliance officers has also changed.”


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AUTHORSimon Mortlock Content Manager

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