The News: London Finance Hiring Boom Rivals Wall Street's

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At a professional gathering last week, someone described the current pace of Wall Street hiring as "back to 2007." Bank hiring in London is booming too. "Figures from recruiters suggest it will be the busiest period since the downturn began in 2008," says Financial Times, adding, "there were twice as many vacancies last month as there were in April 2009, according to figures from recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley."

To be sure, there are potential potholes. Royal Bank of Scotland is still cutting UK jobs. And a recruiter at Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann told the FT that, although demand for banking pros is "certainly whirring.... it's not as fast as it was three years ago because of increased regulatory scrutiny and a more considered approach from banking leadership."

Employers on the prowl for talent in London include Nomura, Barclays Capital, advisory boutiques such as Greenhill and Moelis, emerging markets boutiques such as Renaissance Capital, Troika Dialog and Religare, as well as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which is seeking replacements for some senior executives who left after the merger.

London hiring by buy-side firms has also picked up, especially in the past two months. As for compensation:

Recruiters say that while there's no blank cheque, the market seemed to turn in February when premiums returned for the most hard-to-find talent. Multiple offers also made a comeback for the first time since 2007, while more employers are starting to offer improved deals to keep staff from defecting to rivals.

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