Recruitment challenge for US gambling firms, finds Betting Jobs Salary Survey

first_imgShare HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Betting Jobs Director Fiona Hickey said that effective recruitment has been one of the biggest challenges in the post-PASPA US market, where a lack of local talent combined with difficulties in obtaining work permits and visas for overseas candidates has caused headaches for gambling companies.Hickey spoke to SBC News shortly after publishing the firm’s free-to-access Salary Survey, which found that salaries are on the rise in key gambling jurisdictions such as Malta, Gibraltar and the UK – despite a reduction in the number of new positions in Gibraltar, while compliance has become one of the industry’s most in-demand talents.In total, the survey covered eight geographical regions: UK, Gibraltar, Malta, Eastern Europe, Western & Northern Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. It provided data across the following verticals for each of these regions: executive, technical, commercial, marketing, trading, finance, analytics, operations, product, legal, compliance and game studios.SBC: What are the key takeaways from the survey?FH: The Salary Survey has shown that the global online gambling industry is in rude health and that top talent continues to be attracted to the sector.Malta, in particular, is enjoying significant growth with more start-ups basing themselves on the island and established operators relocating to the jurisdiction. This has seen competition for top talent rise, which in turn has driven salaries upwards.Salaries are also on the rise in other key gambling jurisdictions such as Gibraltar and the UK. That said, the number of new positions has declined in Gibraltar.The survey also shows the rapid progress that has been made in the USA since PASPA was repealed back in May, permitting states to offer legal sports betting for the first time.That said, recruitment has been one of the biggest challenges; a lack of local talent combined with difficulties in obtaining work permits and visas for overseas candidates is causing headaches.More broadly, the survey shows that compliance is now a key vertical in its own right, with most organisations staffing a dedicated compliance team. This has seen compliance become one of the most in-demand talents, and salaries have risen in line with this demand.SBC: What does this say about the state of the global iGaming industry?FH: The Salary Survey shows that the global iGaming industry is thriving and that there are tremendous opportunities on the table in markets all around the world.These opportunities are attractive to candidates, particularly given the global nature of the sector and the chance to work in different countries around the world.Salaries and pay packages are strong and reflect the wider success and buoyancy the industry continues to enjoy. Of course, benchmarking salaries in new markets is tough – this is partly why we have created the Salary Survey so that organisations have an accurate point of reference to work from.SBC: What’s the sample size?FH: The Salary Survey is the result of months spent collating, segmenting and analysing thousands of salaries from around the world. The data comes from the candidates that we have placed as well as those that we have spoken to, plus the organisations that rely on our recruitment services.SBC: Do you think the averages are ‘true’ averages?FH: When we refer to the average salary, we refer to the average for that position in that location – it is not the average of the highest and lowest salaries. Of course, there are always exceptions to this.Take start-ups, for example. They tend to offer a lower base salary but will incentivise the candidate in other ways – bonuses, stocks and shares etc. This is why we also offer a Bespoke Salary Survey service; this can be tailored to an organisation’s individual requirements and deliver more accurate and relevant data and insight. Submit Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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NICIL’s CEO Horace James dies

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Horace James, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Horace JamesHe was battling cancer for some time and had had recently returned from overseas where he had been receiving treatment.James also served as Head of the Linmine Secretariat and CEO of the Linden Electricity Company. He was appointed acting CEO of NICIL in January 2016 and was then confirmed in the post back in March 2017.Mournful tributes poured in on Wednesday as news of James’ death spread. President David Granger, in a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, said he is saddened by the passing of James.The Head of State expressed his sympathy to James’ relatives, friends and colleagues.Meanwhile, several regional officials took to social media throughout Wednesday to offer condolences to his relatives and friends. As is customary in the bauxite mining community of Linden, the horn was sounded for several minutes to signal the passing of a former bauxite employee.James was the Head of the Linmine Secretariat (a subsidiary of NICIL) for some 16 years but also served in several managerial positions in the bauxite plant. He was also the first Regional Chairman.The Natural Resources Ministry in its message of condolence said that James had a wealth of knowledge on the history of Linden and bauxite mining. The Ministry said that both Ministers – Raphael Trotman and Simona Broomes – though saddened by this loss, are thankful for the significant contributions that James has made to the natural resources sector.James had played an integral role in the establishment of the Linden Museum given his extensive knowledge on the history of the mining town especially as it relates to bauxite. He also served as a Director of the Linden Technical Institute and also of the Linden Community Development which started in 1970.last_img read more

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