In hindsight, financial services recruiters in London have mixed opinions about 2016. Some have bitter recollections of a uniformly tough year; others say things improved and that hiring picked up in the fourth quarter.

Will 2017 be any different? Now that fixed income trading revenues are unequivocably improving and a Trump government is threatening to loosen regulatory constraints for U.S. banks, will you find it easier to pick up a new job in London? We spoke to five different front office banking recruiters; this was their verdict.