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The Big Crunch: British Elite Universities or French "Grandes Ecoles"?



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We have examined salary and bonus data from 430 professionals working in front office for banks, asset manager, hedge funds or private equity funds.


We looked at all graduates from top UK universities and French Grandes Ecoles currently working in Financial Services jobs in London and Paris. We wanted to see which graduates earned the most, regardless of country of work, or professional specialism, ie: which universities led to the highest remuneration packages.


Key Highlights:

  • Oxford tops the charts
  • ESCP and EM Lyon sit lower down due to a high proportion of their graduates working in
    central functions (Human Resources) and support roles rather than the higher earning
    front office jobs
  • EDHEC is the suprise performer here with a strong 5th and 6th place, probably due to its
    highly respected specialist Finance Masters degree
  • A higher proportion of French graduates work out of Paris where total compensation
    packages are lower than in London

French Grandes Ecoles are well known for producing highly effective and technical graduates with extensive work experience vs. British graduates with short Summer internships and non-financial degree majors. Despite this, banks are still very keen to draw their intakes from both backgrounds as this create a positive and creative tension and complementing each other's skills.


RankUniversityAnalyst Salary
1Oxford 66,000
2Cambridge65,000
3HEC62,000
4ESSEC61,000
5EDHEC60,000
6Imperial 59,000
7EM Lyon55,000
8LSE54,000
9Dauphine53,000
10Warwick52,000
11ESCP50,000

RankUniversityAssociate Salary
1Oxford 123,000
2HEC122,000
3ESSEC122,000
4LSE115,000
5Imperial 108,000
6EDHEC105,000
7Cambridge100,000
8Warwick99,000
9Dauphine72,000
10ESCP71,000
11EM Lyon61,000

Average Total Compensation (base salary + Bonus) for 430 professionals working in Financial Services

 

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