IMPACT Newsletter September 2019

The final quarter of the year is upon us already and at Leverton we are as busy as ever working on 50 open roles across the industry; so do get in touch if you think that 2020 could be the year of your next move!

Speaking of which, one of our clients has asked us to reach out to our network to see if this role would be of interest to any of your connections within the industry.

Apologies for the links not working in our last newsletter – if you would like to refer to any of our previous content or catch up on events, you can view it under the IMPACT section of our website here.

On the topic of events, a gentle reminder that spaces are limited and we often have a waiting list; so please be mindful of others and give us plenty of notice if you are unable to attend one you have signed up to.

We are busy planning a training breakfast for November with Investec Asset Management’s INSPIRE network which will be facilitated by Duncan Coombe, so keep an eye out for more information.

Below are my articles of the month.

Women in Investment Festival comes to London!

“How many times have you been into the boardroom, a conference, or a meeting room and been one of the few women in the room?” – Investment Week Europe

I’m sure this question will resonate with more than just a few of you!  It is exciting therefore to see that Investment Week are launching a Women in Investment Festival in London in March 2020. The festival is open to all those working in the investment, advisor and pension industry. With a packed schedule it looks to be a fantastic event and I would encourage as many of you as possible to attend.

Encouraging women to enter investment fray

I was pleased to come across this article because in October we are joining with Investec’s INSPIRE to introduce a group of young women to Investment Management. We will be teaching them about the different roles within the industry, advising them on how to write a great CV and of course letting them in on our best interview tips and tricks! It is fantastic to see other people taking this initiative and as Iona Bain quite rightly points out; it is an “incredible opportunity to learn about an industry that’s so critical in our lives – yet goes all-too-easily under the radar as a career option for young women.”

Preqin seeing larger number of women in investing roles

I enjoy reading articles such as this as it demonstrates that the industry is changing! Research from Prequin Ltd found that there was a slight increase in the number of women employed worldwide by hedge funds in all roles to 19.3% in 2019 up from 18.6% in 2017. In a breakdown by roles, Preqin found the highest growth in female-held positions was in investor relations and marketing with about 48% of IR/marketing employees worldwide being women in 2019. An important measurement in progress was that the number of females in investing roles (historically low in comparison to roles within marketing, operations etc) has increased significantly. Data from 2019 shows that 23% of hedge fund investment team and portfolio management positions are held by women, compared to 6% two years earlier. Let’s hope we see a further increase across the board for 2020!

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