Trends by Industry: Financial Services

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key financial services trends for 2022.

Financial services executives—facing increased competition for talent—are embracing on-demand talent models to fill skill and expertise gaps across the organization. Leaders are seeking professional resources for large-scale change and transformation initiatives driven by demand for rapid growth, product innovation, better customer acquisition and service, process improvement and automation, and the need to manage risk and compliance.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Financial Services

2022 Financial Services Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart

35% Strategy
21% Operations
19% Interim Leadership
18% Organization
7% Transformation


Business Processes

Human Capital


Interim Leadership

IT and Tech Transformation

Organizational Effectiveness

Marketing and Sales


Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Compensation Strategy

Due Diligence

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Project Management

Organizational Design and Workforce Planning



  • Drive the development of a wealth management platform for a top 5 asset manager and investment bank
  • Redesign the human capital organization into Centers of Excellence with a new compensation model at a top 5 investment bank
  • Serve as interim head of digital transformation for the retail banking division of a top 30 US bank
  • Standardize day-to-day processes and workflows for onboarding middle office clients of a top 10 global bank
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