I relocated from Italy in 2017 & I joined Skillfinder in October 2018, I was attracted to their multicultural environment and unique approach to recruitment. As Junior Account Manager I look after some of our biggest clients in Luxembourg as well as help some of our successful and exciting startup technology companies in the UK....READ MORE
I have 2 years experience in B2C sales. I have been working In recruitment since 2018 and have built a solid network in a short time.
Banking Operations - Fund Management - Risk & Regulatory Compliance
Let's speed up getting to gender equality in tech
Let's speed up getting to gender equality in techIT is still one of the industries that is faltering when it comes to gender equality - we need to pick up the pace on fixing it now. While things are slowly getting better, gender diversity will be a prerequisite for a company to thrive in the future, so it's down to everyone in the sector to stop dragging their feet on this issue.Diversity in the workforce means better financial performance and a stronger reputation, which in turn increases the quality of potential new employees.It also means diversity in skills; companies are looking for ways to distinguish themselves by adding value to their brand, product and staff.Is IT still a difficult industry for women?· Women in the IT industry find balancing work and personal life is difficult, even more so for women who have or wish to have a family.· Many women reported that adjusting to the company environment was difficult, eventually leading them to losing interest in their job.· There are only five women CEOs among 41 tech companies included in the Fortune 500 list.Why are we still focused on women in IT?The first and most obvious answer is that women and men are equal. However, it seems this alone is not enough to change the hiring process, therefore here are a few points to help incentivise hiring managers:Strengthening team dynamics: Women have a proclivity in uniting people and draw together opinions and proposals; favouring the creation of teams, participation optimisation of the decision-making process.Improved work environment: A diverse workforce better reflects a company’s client base thus providing better knowledge on consumer preference; according to Forbes, women worldwide influence up to 80% of purchase decisions.Increases revenue: According to Mckinsey&Company, if women get a chance to work at their full potential, they will add $28 trillion to the global GDP by 2025.Individually, businesses benefit from diversity and inclusion programs; A 2014 MIT study on workplace diversity noted that companies with a lower gender polarisation increased their revenue by as much as 41%.How do we attract more women?- Your job ads should reflect the image of an inclusive and welcoming culture so that women consider sending their application.- Mention specific skills that women associate with such as collaborative working style, interpersonal skills, time management, flex working hours etc…and have a clear recruitment strategy to deliver that message.- Companies should promote and implement leadership and skill development programs for women as well as be transparent about their maternity policies. - Include more women in the actual hiring process which can immediately reflect on the company’s reputation.
Why is Luxembourg a FinTech hub?
Luxembourg specialises in the cross-border fund administration business. Over 38% of all cross-border collateral has been pledged to the Eurosystem via Clearstream Banking, Bank Central du Luxembourg & Globe Settle.The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) is an association who is the representative body of the Luxembourg investment fund community. Created in 1988, the Association today represents over 1,300 Luxembourg domiciled investment funds, asset management companies and a wide range of service providers such as depository banks, fund administrators and transfer agentsThe Luxembourg Fund industry is the largest fund domicile in Europe and a worldwide leader in the cross-border distribution of funds. Luxembourg-domiciled investment structures are distributed on a global basis in more than 70 countries with a particular focus on Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.Back in 2010, Luxembourg’s central Bank, La Banque Centrale Du Luxembourg, and Clearstream launched LuxCSD, a new central securities depository service for Luxembourg and beyond.What is a CSD?CSD stands for “Central Securities Depository”. A CSD is an entity which provides a central point for depositing financial instruments i.e. securities. CSDs’ clients are typically financial institutions themselves e.g. investment banks, Insurance companies etc.Although CSDs worldwide differ in their daily operations, according to the EU Regulation of 2014 the core functions performed by a CSD are:1. Operates a securities settlement system (settlement service).2. Records newly issued securities in a book-entry system (notary service).3. Provides and maintains securities accounts at the top tier level (central maintenance service). Clearstream is a key stakeholder in the securities services industry benefiting from consistently high credit ratings.As an international central securities depository based in Luxembourg, they provide post-trade infrastructure and securities services for the international market.LuxCSD allows for settlement of securities transactions in central bank money reducing the risk for financial market participants. Furthermore, it provides an issuing and central settlement and custody services for securities of all types.3 “LuxCSD is a CSD in the new mould. It will offer custodians and distributors across Europe excellent custody and added value services built on top of a highly efficient settlement process with access to a large range of counter-parties. We believe that LuxCSD will form a core element of Luxembourg’s proposition for years to come”. - Jeffrey Tessler, CEO of ClearstreamWhere will the European financial hub be in 5 years?It’s still very hard to tell.With an ever-changing market due to recent political turmoil, there is no guarantee as to where the new “financial hot spot” will be.However, the latest from Brussels and the UK government street suggests a potential partial “exodus” of the financial industry from London to the EU with the hottest locations being Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin & Luxembourg, with Luxembourg already being home to 60,000 financial jobs.Tokio Marine recently announced it was applying for regulatory approval to set up operations in Luxembourg, making it the ninth insurer to choose the Grand Duchy.Perhaps Luxembourg will not become the financial centre of the world given its limited infrastructure to support expansion, but it’s a pretty safe bet that it will play a key part in it.With an established presence in Luxembourg, Skillfinder International has seen an opportunity to support the local market better. Existing and potential new customers often prefer suppliers to demonstrate compliance by operating from a local office and so in 2016 we opened SKILLFINDER S.A.R.L. in the Grand Duchy.Contact Our Luxembourg teamLUX: + 352 (0)20 21 15 15UK: +44 (0)203 763 9500E: email@example.com