Financial services executives confident in London’s ability to become the world leader in FinTech

04 April 2016
  • 92% of UK financial services executives are confident in the UK’s potential to become the world leader in financial technology (FinTech)
  • Greatest barriers to the UK achieving this position identified as a lack of investment in technology innovation (44%) and a lack of skilled professionals (44%)
  • UK executives identified New York  as London’s biggest competitor in  becoming the world’s FinTech hub

London, 4 April 2016 – The vast majority (92%) of UK-based financial services leaders believe that the UK has the ability to become the worldwide leader in financial technology (FinTech), according to new research from leading recruitment specialist Robert Half Financial Services UK.  Only six per cent of financial executives are not confident in the UK’s ability to become the global hub of the FinTech market.    

When it comes to challenging London as the world’s FinTech capital, American cities rank highly, with New York rated as the most likely competitor by 35% of financial services executives. Hong Kong ranked second with 15% of financial services professionals named it is a contender, followed by Frankfurt, cited by 14% of respondents.     

UK-based senior financial services executives were asked, “In your opinion, which centre is the greatest competition to London becoming the financial technology (FinTech) leader of the world?” Their responses:

  1. New York
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Frankfurt
  4. San Francisco
  5. Chicago
  6. Shanghai
  7. Singapore
  8. Boston
  9. Sydney
  10. Stockholm

The study also identified the challenges that could hold the UK back from earning the top spot.  The greatest barriers were identified as a lack of investment in technology innovation (44%) and a lack of skilled professionals (44%). Other barriers identified include a lack of the perceived “Silicon Valley culture of innovation” cited by more than a third (36%) of financial services executives. Industry regulation could still provide a stumbling block, with 28% of those surveyed believing this could be a barrier to the UK’s FinTech ambitions.

Luke Davis, Vice-president, Robert Half Financial Services UK commented: ‘FinTech has moved beyond a buzzword phase and is now recognised as a rapidly maturing market. Increasingly companies operating in this industry are finding themselves competing for talent with established players in both the banking and IT sectors. The rise of challenger banks and FinTech start-ups creates more opportunities for skilled financial services professionals looking towards greater opportunities outside of the industry.

‘When attracting skilled professionals within the FinTech industry, the key is to use a dynamic resourcing approach with the right mix of innovative and specialised professionals. As the skills shortage continues to tighten, accessing professionals who are not actively looking for jobs can be the solution. Working alongside a specialist recruitment consultancy will support this access to an untapped pool of talent.’


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Notes to editors

About the Survey

1 The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 100 executives in the financial services industry across the UK.

About Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500. Founded in 1948, the company has over 330 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology, and administrative professionals. Robert Half offers workplace and job seeker resources at and


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