2019 has been a roller coaster of a year for us at DSJ. The year started off on a positive high, carried over from last year, but as the months passed by, we faced a sudden slowdown in hiring actives across the board for some time. This was largely triggered by a fall in the stock market-Brexit related, international tensions, HK crisis, as well as a few of our clients significantly downsizing (even shutting down) equities staff, as well as reducing hiring. While equities were mostly affected, we saw continuous demand within structured products, regulatory related roles, technology related roles and also a number of new mandates within Asset Managers, FinTech firms, Crypto Currency houses/exchanges, Consulting companies, and even Healthcare companies.
Fast forward to October, and it feels like just after bonus payment. New roles have been coming from different areas of the business, and all our consultants have been busy managing these new mandates. In addition, we have started working with a number of new clients (outside of our traditional areas of expertise) as we look to grow our footprint across sectors. We had some big wins for all our consultants within existing and new clients, and are pushing to develop new specialisms next year.
We are grateful for another successful year at DSJ, and are looking forward to continued growth and success in 2020! It’s the end of a decade, and we aim to continue finding top talents for our clients, exciting new career opportunities for our candidates and also hire internally to grow our company.
From everyone at DSJ, thank you very much!