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Why Non-Competes are Damaging the Finance Sector

By Reyhan AyasMay. 17th, 2022

In our recent collaboration with Business Insider, we studied talent flows from quant hedge funds and prop trading firms to the tech industry. This week we focus on who exactly is hiring this technical talent during the hefty non-compete period.

Top Destinations During Non-Competes

While rival funds and trading firms are frequent destinations, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft are still the most common destinations for engineers, data scientists, and researchers.

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But is this talent flow from hedge funds to tech permanent, or is there a boomerang effect as well? Interestingly, there does appear to be a boomerang effect, but it has been declining over the last decade.

Share of Boomerangers Back into Finance

We can explore what is driving this decreasing boomerang rate by comparing employee sentiment in Investment Management and Technology industries. Based on these reviews, we see a widening gap between employee sentiments between Tech and Investment Banking over time, both in Compensation & Benefits, and Work-Life Balance.

Employee Sentiment

Finance has lost its edge in compensation over tech, and it is no secret that work-life balance in tech dominates that in finance - so no wonder employees are increasingly choosing to stay in tech after leaving finance.

Finally, focusing on those who come back into the financial industry, top destinations are Citadel, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley.

Return Destinations for Boomerangers

Key Takeaways:

  • Tech giants are the No. 1 destination for departing quant talent from hedge funds during their non compete period.
  • The share of those who come back into the financial industry after going into tech has been declining over the past few years.
  • There is a growing gap in employee sentiment on compensation between tech and investment banking industry, which could be leading people to stay within tech after their non-compete expires.


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Reyhan Ayas

Senior Economist

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