Happy Birthday!

We are sending birthday cards to three of our many sponsored children in Kenya, Bangladesh and Ecuador.

Wishing you loads of hapiness in the future!


The year has started off at a blistering pace, with numerous clients looking to attract and hire talent at all different levels. In addition to roles being open from last year, we’ve seen a number of new positons come up this year already, contradictory to usual January hiring trends.

Historically, January is a time where employers announce and pay bonuses with a hope to retain staff, which is the focus of the month, as opposed to focusing on new hires-but not this year. Roles in demand within global markets have been in Currencies/Foreign Exchange Sales, Electronic Execution (Equity) , Equity Research, and Structured Products Sales. Whereas on the Support, Regulatory and Technology side, we have seen high levels of demand for KYC/AML related specialists, Trade & Sales Support staff, Compliance Officers, and Developers (C++, Java and Python). 

Regarding bonuses for 2018, two of the tier 1 US banks were said to have paid out fairly generous bonuses (to top performers), while most of their competitors maintained a flat rate from last year, or slightly less as a whole. The general mood in the market has been of uncertainty, especially within equities, but other areas have remained positive.

For further information on the local financial markets, or salary trends, get in touch with us today.

World Vision

While we had a fantastic year here in Tokyo, we can’t say the same about children in other parts of the world. We want to share the fruits of our labor and be thankful in this peaceful holiday season. That is why DSJ team members decided to become child ambassadors for World Vision. Every Consultant sponsors five different kids from around the globe. Our letters went out to Bangladesh, Ruanda, Ecuador, Tanzania and Kenya. In addition, DSJ made a Christmas donation in form of food and water to World Vision. At our office, everybody knows for whom he or she is putting in the works. For our clients, our candidates and our kids.

December highlight

Can’t believe we are already in December, and the hiring frenzy continues. After an extremely busy year, firms continue to aggressively seek talent in different areas. We are seeing demands across the board in secondary markets, Operations, the Regulatory space and Technology. Not only are Japanese banks, but even their foreign counterparts continue to interview various candidates, and some rushing to get offers out before year end.  Surprisingly, speculation on bonus figures hasn’t been talked about as much this year, as expectations seem to have been managed well by senior management. For further details on job openings, please get in touch with us through our homepage.

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