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Is this the Brexit effect?

Updated: 2 days ago

trends in hiring of salespeople in asset management
EMEA Sales Hires in Asset Management

The industry has indeed been shrinking due to various factors.  These include both the strong trend for consolidation of Asset Managers through M&A activity (so, fewer companies to employ salespeople) as well as the consolidation of their natural client base: asset owners, pension funds, and DC mastertrusts.  As well as competition from ETF and Index providers.  It is also true that the UK’s hiring downturn began in 2015, one year before the Brexit referendum.

But why has the UK’s hiring rate fallen so much more than the EMEA region overall?  The Netherlands, structurally similar to the UK, saw only a 12% decrease in the same period.

We propose that Brexit could be a factor, with hiring shifting from the UK to mainland Europe. And, because the UK comprises such a large proportion of the EMEA asset management sector, when the UK catches a cold, the whole of Europe catches one too, which may also account for some of the decline in pan-European hiring.

Author: Rupert Reed Last edited 10th April 2024


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