What is the No. 1 issue on the minds of financial information and technology suppliers and consumers in London and New York? The euro? Y2K?

It's neither.

The biggest single issue without doubt is staffing. Talk to anyone --anyone--involved in a systems installation, a product development cycle, even routine maintenance of existing products and systems, and the issue is the same: there is a dearth of quality labor in this marketplace.

Executive search firms are calling here in desperation lookin

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