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Hays and FinTech Scotland launch ‘TALENT PLATFORM’ to enable professionals to showcase skills

Mickael Paris
talent platform to enable professionals to showcase skills

A joint initiative from workforce solutions and recruitment specialist Hays and FinTech Scotland, the fintech cluster management organisation, aims to highlight candidate skills and experience directly to Scotland’s many emerging fintech companies.

Traditionally, employers will advertise job vacancies and candidates will submit their credentials to apply. The new ‘Fintech Talent’ platform will enable professionals to showcase their skills to over 220 fintechs in Scotland and be matched with suitable job vacancies.

The initiative is being launched as part of the Scotland Fintech Festival (21 September – 12 October 2023) when a programme of events, workshops, networking and conferences are being held across Scotland.

“The Scottish fintech community is thriving and has seen the number of fintech companies grow fromm 26 in 2018 to more than 220 today” said Justin Black, business director of Hays Technology Scotland. “The sector is expected to create over 15,000 new jobs by 2025. As a strategic partner with FinTech Scotland, we’ve created this talent community to position potential candidates in front of fintech employers to fill this need in as efficient a way as possible.”

Potential candidates can register through the FinTech Scotland website, where they will be invited to upload their CV. An AI process then searches and matches CVs to specific vacancies, recommending candidates to employers which they can then review.

“The system means that fintech employers will only receive recommendations that are curated and relevant to them, whether it’s in artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, cyber security or biometrics. We will assess the candidates before adding them to the database. But if candidates apply that we feel are not quite ready for the fintech route, we will have meaningful conversations and provide guidance and advice to help them achieve their career goals.”

FinTech Scotland supports a cluster of over 220 fintechs of all sizes, as well as large established financial institutions, regulators, universities, citizen groups technology and professional services firms and government bodies. In 2022, Scottish fintechs received over £305m in funding, an increase of over 200% on the previous year.

Nicola Anderson, CEO at FinTech Scotland said: “We are really excited about the launch of the new ‘FinTech Talent’ platform. In collaboration with Hays, this initiative will seek to support Scotland dynamic fintech community at a time when the global skills gap continues to grow. As we unveil this innovative solution during Scotland Fintech Festival, thrilled to empower professionals on their career journeys and help them find their perfect fintech match. it’s an important development for both candidates and the fintech industry.”

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Mickael Paris

Mickael Paris is Marketing Director at FinTech Scotland. He was part of the team that launched the company in January 2018. Mickael has over 15 years experience working for both start-ups and FTSE100 companies including Maxymiser, Skyscanner and Standard Life. He joined At FinTech Scotland Mickael focuses on developing the profile of the SME community and the Scottish fintech cluster locally and globally. He’s also responsible for creating bridges with international fintech hubs, encouraging inward investment as well as helping Scottish firms export. In 2015 he was featured in the BIMA100 list of marketing influencers as well as the Marketing Magazine NextGen Power 100.