The financial jobs market isn't doing well and no one expects it to make a comeback anytime soon, if ever. The latest stats and testimonials out of the financial sector shows that Wall Streeters are going through another round of 2008-style lay-offs. This year, so far, the global financial-services industry has lost 200,000 jobs, reports Bloomberg's Max Abelson and Ambereen Choudhury. That's up from 174,000 in 2009 -- that horrifying year everything fell apart. But beyond sheer numbers, the scary part about these layoffs for prospective bankers is that the jobs don't look like they're coming back anytime soon.
This is more than just lay-offs, the entire financial economy is changing. A more optimistic Moody's analyst guessed the jobs might come back in 2023, write Abelson and Choudhury. But others thing this is a permanent change. "This is something very different," Huw Jenkins, a former head of investment banking at UBS AG (UBSN) explained in Bloomberg. "This is a structural change. The industry is shrinking." And it's a change that is here to stay. "A lot of the positions that are being cut right now aren’t coming back," a vice president with the recruiting firm Right Management Leslie K. Hild told DealBook's Kevin Roose.