Category: Banking & Money

Ultimate rewards and freebies on current bank accounts

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I was in a bank last week waiting to pay in a cheque while the 3 cashiers attended the queue of about 10 people; so 20 minutes after looking around at all the usual 0 per cent credit card offers and low rate loans, I was surprised when the cashier asked me if I had one of their ‘new’ current accounts.

‘New’ I thought; I’d only started banking with them in the last 8 months, how could I have an old current account!? “Oh yes” said the cashier, “we have new current accounts that offer travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and motor breakdown cover.” I thought I was in a Churchill car insurance advert for a minute!

“Hhmmm, ‘new’ current account,” I thought – doesn’t this mean ‘monthly fee’ current account?? I like the way the current accounts that charge you on a monthly basis have all been named dramatically like the ‘Ultimate Reward’ or ‘Gold Rewards’ ‘Advantage’, ‘Premier’ etc, etc…But that’s all I like about them to be honest.

All the benefits or ‘Rewards’ for your monthly fee seem to include ‘* Exclusions apply’ even to things like travel insurance. ‘Worldwide annual multi-trip travel insurance for you and your family’ – read the leaflet; but then a huge ‘* Exclusions apply – please refer to the terms and conditions.’ So you have to trawl through the thousands of ‘T’s & C’s’ to make sure you don’t fall into any of the exclusions! Who honestly bothers to read absolutely everything?

I would guess that the level of insurance and motor breakdown cover you’d get with a current account doesn’t compare to the level of cover you’d receive if you bought the same mobile phone insurance, travel insurance, or motor breakdown cover as separate policies. But then again I might be wrong…

In any case I’m ceratinly not going to start paying for a banking service that I can get absolutely free without all the gimmicks of ‘freebies’ – You get nothing for free and that’s certainly the case here because you’re paying a monthly fee, so how can it be free?! One day I might take the time to actually read through all the insurance cover terms to see exactly what you get for your money I bet it’s not that much!

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An increasing surge of jobs in the banking sector

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These days wherever you turn it is hard to avoid hearing people talk about the financial crisis and its implications. Almost all news items contain some links to it, and within employment issues the consequences are still very much felt. But has the recession had any impact on the way job seekers perceive working within banking or finance roles?

Despite the crisis people still seem to be very keen to work within banking or finance. Amongst the majority of the population it is safe to say that the reputation of banks has taken a hit, but amongst job seekers working for a bank or a financial institution remains very much desirable. Jobs for these companies are considered to be very prestigious as they still have the best technologies, the best systems and the best rewards compared to other sectors. Because of this the highest achievers still look to work for banks or financial institutions.

What else attracts people to work in finance or banking roles? Relative to other sectors these types of roles tend to have more responsibility and involve a lot of problem solving skills. Besides that they get a chance to work with people, there are opportunities to travel and to go out for meetings, and these roles also tend to offer possibilities for fast advancement. All these factors combined make these roles very challenging and interesting for the highest achievers.

So what has changed within the banking and finance sector? There seems to be a change in the expectations of employees that broadly run along the line of the generations. You could say that the employee profile is slowly evolving from what is called -Generation X’ to -Generation Y’. Within these generations the expectations they have of their employers are very different. Generation X will want to know -What is in it for me’, while Generation Y expects great workplace flexibility as well as wanting extremely fast progression and are less willing to work their way up slowly.

The profile of employees within the banking and finance sectors is changing, however this is due to a change in mentality that runs alongside the generations more than being caused by the financial crisis.

Reuben Dennis is a PRO with a leading service sector company and for more on London jobs she recommends you to visit

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