While the economy limps forward, high-powered, lucrative jobs are returning to Wall Street, causing critical shortages of skilled financial services workers, labor experts tell The Post.
Firms are tripping over each other for talent, bringing combined financial employment in the industry for New York City to some 432,200 in September, a jump of 10,000 since February, according to the Labor Department.
The hot new sectors, coming with six-figure salaries, bonuses and flashy perks, include capital markets, investment banking, compliance, fixed income, back-office operations and wealth management. Meanwhile, demand for MBAs has grown as firms ratchet up offers to graduates straight out of business school.
A shortage of suitable candidates is not surprising. Wall Street is recovering from the worst of the credit crisis disaster that toppled Lehman Brothers in 2008, and younger, promising candidates looked elsewhere, including Washington, DC, for high-paying positions, while Wall Street licked its wounds the last two years.
"Firms are starting to recognize some opportunities for growth and are carefully maneuvering their positions after the bloodletting in 2008 and 2009," said Jim Ross, a Wall Street veteran who's searching for employment himself after a stint as a senior executive at the New York Stock Exchange.
Perks are rising as well. Unlimited expense accounts and no-interest loans are being held out to entice candidates into adviser and broker positions.
Bonus expectations are heating up too. The 2011 Glocap Hedge Fund Compensation Report notes that year-end bonuses among hedge fund pros are expected to climb five percent on average this year, the second consecutive year that bonuses have increased.
An eFinancialCareer.com survey this month found pros in the financial tech sector hold a 4.8 percent unemployment rate compared with the nation's 9.6 percent rate, and are expecting bigger bonuses this year compared to last.
So while cities and states all across the country lay government workers off, cut programs and slash pay and benefits, Wall Street big shots - many working for the same firms that nearly brought economic collapse to the country in 2008 and are now bringing fraudclosure to the country in 2010 - are taking jobs with unlimited expense accounts, no-interest loans, expectations of high bonuses and other perks.
No wonder 85% of the wealth in this country is owned by 20% of the people.
And the crazy thing is, it's STILL not enough for them.
The top 20% are STILL trying to drive down wages, grab more of the wealth, screw more and more of the working and middle classes, and bust all of the unions.
Until we DO something about this, middle and working class Americans - the vast majority of the country - will continue to fight for a smaller and smaller piece of the economy.
Right now, the Obamas and the Bloombergs and the Cuomos blame this wealth disparity on education levels and claim the problem lies with the American education system, not corporations.
But that's garbage.
We're in the tail end of class war that the financial class declared 30 years ago.
With the help of politicians in both parties and a corporate-owned media spreading the message of free market ideology, things do look bleak.
When politicians from Rahm Emanuel to Little Andy Cuomo claim the best way to solve problems is to make everything into a Darwinian competition a la Race to the Top, you know we're in trouble.
And they're the Democrats, the party that is supposed to represent the interests of working and middle class Americans.
But even with the game rigged so badly against working and middle class Americans, there are a couple of things we can do.
The first is to STOP voting for Dems because they're the lesser of two corporate evils.
Rahm Emanuel may have nicer social policies than Tom Delay, but when it comes to issues relevant to union members and working and middle class people, he and Delay are the same - on the side of the banksters and the corporations.
Next, we CAN support politicians who are champions of the working and middle classes and unions - even if they're going to lose the election.
Backing a winner does NOT make me a winner.
Backing a politician who supports policies that benefit me makes me a winner.
Remember what Eugene Debs said: "I'd rather vote for what I want and not get it than vote for what I don't want and get it."
For too long, we've done it the other way around.
Finally, we can continue to try and educate others to blame the right people who created this mess we're in.
Union members didn't create this mess.
Teachers didn't create this mess.
The crooks on Wall Street, the hedge fund criminals and the real estate developers created this mess with the aid of politicians of BOTH parties and the Federal Reserve.
Let us KEEP repeating this message until it sinks in and people begin to organize against the real criminals.
The anger is palpable and to quote Joe Strummer, "Anger can be used."
Let's use it against the crooks who stole our country.
Kinda like this Irish parliamentary member: