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Most Important Job Attributes for Executive Finance Professionals in 2021

  • Publish Date: Posted 22 September 2021
  • Author: Gina Le Prevost

​Executive employment opportunities in the wealth management, fintech and investment sectors are continuing to grow across the globe. These industries are extremely multifaceted, offering a variety of positions that cater to a range of skills and interests. On a global scale, there remains a strong demand for high-level financial professionals, and job seekers can take advantage of this by planning their career paths in accordance with employer needs.

AP Executive possesses first-hand knowledge and specialist expertise in recruiting for a range of niche financial sectors and has helped countless leading businesses worldwide to refine the workplace, source superior candidates and maintain optimal employee engagement. In this vastly competitive market where finding, recruiting and retaining the highest quality professionals for senior-level positions can be a challenge, it has never been more important to employ the services of an established international recruitment agency.

Attributes of the Ideal Finance Organisation

According to a recent report carried out by AP Executive the most important attribute for finance professionals in 2021 is flexibility of working hours. The existence of Covid lockdowns has certainly changed employees’ views on how they conduct their day-to-day lives. Equally on the top of the ‘wish list’ is what we call ‘employer freebies’. Indicated on the freebies list were benefits like free breakfast and / or lunch as well as discounts with regards to grooming from nail and hair care to massage. A competitive salary will always be a priority requirement

However, despite the significance of the flexible working hours, a competitive salary that also appeals to job seekers and employees is a challenging, interesting working environment as a subsequent important requirement, followed closely by opportunities for promotion.

Further virtues valued by employees include a positive organisational culture and strong executive leadership. Finally, the employer is not aged bias towards employing the older generation and are open and transparent communication is also considered a vital attribute.

With the world becoming much more conscious of global warming and green energy including foods, some employers like ourselves at AP Group, encourage staff to spend 2 to 3 days a year supporting charitable or non-profit organisations of their choice. The days the staff members are out of the office are paid by us and it gives our staff the opportunity to give back to the community whether it be helping in an old people’s home, to planting a sapling or raising money for a particularly charity that is close to their heart.

Evidently, it is not simply about the bottom line when it comes to a company’s appeal, but the cultural strengths of an organisation, with other factors such as office environment, solid training and development and industry innovator also leading the way.

Closing Thoughts

With so many candidates trying to establish a career in the finance, banking and investment sectors, it’s vital to create an authentic organisation that not only offers competitive salaries but fully realises the potential of its employees. And although remuneration will always be important to employees, it is not the only attractive attribute, with factors such as a transparent and fulfilling working environment leading the way when it comes to what matters most.