2020 has been an eventful year for us thus far, and we are almost at the end of the first quarter. We are proud to announce that we recorded our highest ever deal, and are experiencing strong demands for various talents from our clients. Domestic firms are leading the field with a firm interest and determination to hire, whilst international companies remain more cautious and are regularly assessing the current situation. Buy-side firms are eager to speak to candidates with client facing skills and experience. Technology professionals with knowledge of Web Development, Core Development or SRE/DevOps professionals continue to be in high demand. As for the Sell-side, we see a consistent interest in Equity professionals across different areas. Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are connecting with many candidates working from home, to introduce suitable roles and generally catch up on the market. Despite the precautions, many but not all of the interviews scheduled are still being conducted but via Video call. It is only a matter of time until the hiring demand will further pick up and DSJ will be ready. As they say, after every storm, there is a rainbow and we are well prepared for that.
We are witnessing a continued demand for junior to mid-level talent across different areas in financial services. Investment banks have been keen to see Derivative Sales, Structurers, Research Analysts, Investment Bankers, Front Office Developers, KDB+ Engineers, Quant Traders and Project Managers. On the Investment Management side we are seeking Pension Sales, Product Managers, Analysts as well as Portfolio Managers for several of our clients.
Besides roles in Development, hiring managers like to see Technologists with a background in DevOps, AWS and Web Applications. We experienced one of the busiest months in January, and February is looking likely to be another record month. We will also be welcoming a new joiner to our team, as we look to expand our team.
Regardless of any viruses, impeachment inquiries or Brexit worries, DSJ continues to move forward in the only way we know how to.
Divine Solutions Japan wishes all our customers a Happy New Year! Our goals for this year are growth, stability, customer satisfaction, and continued success. In our first week back, we have experienced a steady flow of continued and new business as we wait for compensation announcements from our US clients. Traditionally, January tends to be a slower time for recruitment, but it may not be the case this year.
There has been a renewed interest in Project Managers and Business Managers. Mandates for such roles are coming from Banks as well as the FinTech space. We believe this influx in roles is not a temporary phenomenon and are preparing ourselves for a promising year ahead. Armed with top talent and attractive clients, we are ready for what lies ahead. If you are interested in learning more about the current job market, or are curious to know your market value, please get in touch with us today.
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!