LONDON Jan 21 Twice as many London bankers fear
the dreaded "donut", or zero bonus, in the current pay season
compared to a year ago, according to a survey released on
Financial services recruitment firm Astbury Marsden said a
poll of bankers in London showed 22 percent are not expecting a
bonus of any kind from pay awards covering 2012 performance,
compared to 11 percent a year ago.
Regulators and politicians are taking a harder line on
excessive pay, and Astbury Marsden said 44 percent of those
polled cited that pressure as negatively impacting their pay.
Banks including Barclays, Deutsche Bank,
UBS and Goldman Sachs are also keen to cut
costs in a tough environment and show they have learned lessons
from the past, which is also putting pressure on pay.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)
predicts bonuses for 2012 in London's financial sector will more
than halve to 1.6 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) from last year,
and will keep falling until 2015.
Bonuses - typically paid in February and March - will be
down 86 percent from the record 11.5 billion pounds paid out in
2007/08, the CEBR said.
Bonuses still make up a big percentage of pay in the
industry, and managing directors expected them to be worth 88
percent of their base salary.
Almost half of those surveyed said they would look to change
employer if they were unhappy with their bonus, the number of
those who would look to move overseas fell to 14 percent, half
the level of two years ago.
A separate survey released on Monday said a third of London
financial workers expect their base pay to rise in 2013, as
firms try to attract and retain the best talent.
Recruitment firm Morgan McKinley said 57 percent of
financial workers it polled expected compensation to remain
relatively flat this year and 33 percent expected a pay rise of
up to 10 percent. Half of those expecting an increase cited
firms' need to attract and retain the best talent as the main
Morgan McKinley said there was a 36 percent drop in
registered job vacancies in financial services in December from
the previous month to 1,323 positions, down 24 percent from a
It said it expects a pick up this month, as a seasonal
slowdown in December was compounded by some banks postponing
hiring until the new year.