London is consolidating its position on the global Fintech scene, but a shortage of talent is becoming a major hurdle for Britain’s tech capital. A company’s ability to attract individuals with a suitable range of tech and business skill is now more critical than ever. Yet in a fight for top talent, Excelian has emerged as a competitive force in attracting and retaining highly specialist skills. Their London HQ, at the heart of Old Street’s silicon roundabout is hiring at a rate of 15-20 consultants per month, in line with their target of 200 new hires through 2016.

So what is it that draws candidates with financial, technical and consultative skills to Excelian?

“The appeal is primarily the opportunity to work alongside our subject matter experts on flagship projects for prestigious clients, with new technologies and leading vendor platforms such as Murex ” comments Rory Laughton-Scott, Head of Staffing at Excelian.

In addition to this, Excelian offers market leading training to consultants in all relevant fields – from the Advanced Technologist programmes, Agile certification programme, Leadership Academy, MTEK approved Murex training to our highly renowned Consulting Academy. The next academy commences in January and will see a cohort of talented technical consultants embark on an intense training course covering all of the latest developments in Murex’s MX.3 trading and risk management platform.

Another significant contributor toward the company’s ability to attract, build and retain specialist skill is Excelian’s acquisition by Luxoft (NYSE: LXFT) in February 2015. Luxoft provide near shore development services and have over 10,000 staff with almost 7,000 of them positioned solely in the financial sector. The size and scale of a joined capability financially, technologically and geographically makes the company’s proposition incredibly compelling to both clients and staff.

The company’s growing client appeal is well illustrated by a considerable number of post-acquisition project wins both in the UK and Central Europe. These projects include new implementations of Murex MX.3, system rationalisations and the bespoke build of risk engines and data lakes. There has also been accelerated growth across Excelian’s international markets, including Calypso upgrades and uplifts in the Middle East, custom built OpenLink projects in North America and MX.3 migration projects in Asia Pacific.

In light of such high profile projects, Excelian has witnessed a surge in job applications, retention rates and former staff returning to take up senior delivery positions. One of the company’s most notable recent hires has been Nick Thomas, head of the Murex practice. Nick, who joined to become part of the next chapter in the Excelian growth story comments: “Excelian has shown extreme resilience during the financial crisis and has since gone from strength to strength. Having emerged as the largest Murex provider in the European market, key wins and future scoping opportunities look to propel Excelian forward in 2016 and beyond”.

With strong and stable growth predicted for 2016 and onwards, this is certainly an exciting and important chapter in the Excelian story.