Strong leadership and communication skills, attention to detail and honesty are essential qualities for career progression in the financial services sector, according to research.
More than one third (34%) of the 300 financial services employees polled by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark ranked excellent communication skills as the most important factor in career development.
Almost half (47%) rated attention to detail in first, second or third place out of 11 characteristics, followed closely by leadership (45%).
Technical competence was also ranked highly, with 39% of financial services professionals rating it in first, second or third place.
Just under one third (32%) said honesty was an important characteristic for getting ahead, and one in five respondents (20%) said cultural fit.
About 20% also rated networking skills, but only 4% said good self-publicity was essential.