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Investment Banker

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Shortage Indicator

Shortages have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017 for the following areas:

FinTech; "business and financial professionals with skills in specific software packages and experience (including international)
financial management/financial analysis: trustee managers; deposit managers; payroll managers"

Business intelligence and risk analysis; "financial systems analysts; entry level and experienced revenue managers (specific sectors, e.g. hospitality)"

Data analytics: "Experienced (5 years+) statisticians; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling)"

Financial management/financial analysis; "trustee managers; deposit managers; payroll managers ▪ multilingual financial clerks: credit controllers; accounts payable/receivable; payroll specialists; fund accounting and transfer pricing specialists."

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Finance & Investment Analysts

Also included in this category:

Financial advisers; financial analysts; financial consultants; mortgage advisers; pensions consultants.

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Part time workers: 4%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 56 / 44%
Non-Nationals: 13%
With Third Level: 84%
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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They advise on such issues as; shares, takeover bids, acquisitions and mergers.

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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They liaise with regulatory bodies and give strategic advice on large sums of money. They arrange loans to companies both in Ireland and overseas. They deal in securities trading in bonds, equities or derivatives and offer broking facilities.  
They may coordinate teams of professionals including lawyers and accountants. They deal directly with chief executives and directors of companies.

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As an investmentt banker you will have to be able to handle complex information. You must be confident and diplomatic to be able to negotiate at a very high level. You will need excellent inter-personal skills and strong organisational abilities. You will need to be articulate and literate to be able to present information both verbally and in written reports.  
You will need analytical ability to extract relevant information from a mass of detail.  
Increasingly a second language is required.

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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: CFA Ireland
Address: PO Box 11111, Blackrock Co. Dublin
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Organisation: Irish Banking Federation
Address: Nassau House, Nassau St. Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 671 5311
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Banking, Insurance & Financial Services

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