Up­beat work­ers

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FI­NAN­CIAL ser­vices work­ers in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion are more op­ti­mistic than their coun­ter­parts in the US and Europe.

The Michael Page Global Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Re­port sur­veyed 2700 pro­fes­sion­als about their out­look for the in­dus­try and also found the Asia-pa­cific was viewed as a strong mar­ket and an at­trac­tive work des­ti­na­tion.

Re­gional di­rec­tor Sharmini Thomas says the in­dus­try has re­mained rea­son­ably re­silient com­pared with in­ter­na­tional mar­kets so hir­ing ac­tiv­ity has been sta­ble and salary in­creases were of­fered at the end of last year.

‘‘ The re­port for 2012 also re­veals that fi­nan­cial ser­vices pro­fes­sion­als, no mat­ter where they are based, con­tinue to place great im­por­tance on ca­reer pro­gres­sion and rate this as the most im­por­tant fac­tor in search­ing for a new job,’’ Thomas says.

‘‘ Re­mu­ner­a­tion also re­mains high on the list and in­creas­ing com­pen­sa­tion would be an in­cen­tive to re­lo­cate for work for the ma­jor­ity of sur­vey re­spon­dents.’’

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