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96% of Financial Services Decision Makers Think Hybrid Working Helps Recruitment

Riverbed | Aternity unveils that nearly half (42%) of all IT decision-makers (ITDMs) and 38% of business decision-makers (BDMs) in the Financial Services sector believe that over 50% of their workforce will remain hybrid post-pandemic.

Furthermore, the vast majority of Financial Services BDMs (96%) believe hybrid work environments help with the ability to recruit top talent and it will help them remain competitive in the future. Despite this, 87% of BDMs are concerned that as employees return to offices, there may be a disparity in network and application performance for hybrid/remote employees versus in-office employees.

These are three of the findings from the Riverbed | Aternity Hybrid Work Global Survey, which provides insights into the current state of hybrid working, highlighting key investment areas and technologies needed to create a high-performing hybrid workplace.

Hybrid work environments are now a prerequisite for new talent. However, in the Financial Services sector, surprisingly, 59% say that they are not completely prepared from a technology standpoint, to support long-term hybrid working. To address this, ITDMs (90%) and BDMs (88%) plan to invest in technology to support a hybrid workplace over the next 12-18 months.

“The Financial Services sector has felt the impact of COVID-19, and the dramatic shift to remote and hybrid working,” explains John Atkinson, Director, Sales Engineering UKI at Riverbed | Aternity. “As the world returns to some new normality, banks and financial services are on the hunt for talent and battling against a shortage that is impacting businesses worldwide.

“Hybrid work is becoming a prerequisite for banks to attract new talent and retain a competitive advantage. To provide the seamless experience employees now demand, BDMs and ITDMs need to work together to ensure they have the right technology in place to meet these expectations. This means investing in end-to-end visibility and network performance and acceleration solutions that will future-proof their networks and deliver an exceptional end-user and digital experience. In doing so, they will create an environment that will inspire innovation, drive productivity, capitalize on growth and attract the next generation of talent.”


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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