Why private equity is finally turning to technology – PER in the news with Private Equity Wire

15 July 2022 | Charlie Hunt, Director of UK

Data science, operations and reporting roles are all in high demand across the industry.

“There are now jobs in PE that never used to exist – the industry has really professionalised,” Charlie Hunt, Director of UK at PER told Private Equity Wire in a recent interview.

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 In a survey conducted by  Private Equity Wire of more than 50 industry stakeholders, over 31% confirmed they are either currently recruiting for, or have recently recruited, staff in the areas of data analytics/science or programming.

The demand for tech professionals reflects hiring trends seen across private markets, “There isn’t a single part of the alternatives industry that hasn’t had a good run, so everyone has been hiring. In the last 20 months, the market has been very buoyant.”

We have seen fund managers turn away from outsourcing to building in-house or hybrid solutions. “In the past seven years, there’s been a switch from outsourcing tech efforts, to now potentially having a whole suite of data experts who help with portfolios analysis, market assessment, due diligence, deal origination and ESG reporting,” said Charlie.

“The bigger funds are becoming massive asset managers and creating new strategies that require entire new teams. As a consequence, they’ve been hoovering up a lot of talent.”

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About the author

Charlie is a Principal Consultant, Director of UK and a member of our leadership team. He has been involved in securing roles for more than 650 people around the world, placing more people in the mid-market, growth and venture capital industry than anyone else in Europe since joining PER in 2006.

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